01-01-2013, 05:26 PM
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a lot of freshwater fish diseases can be helped or prevented by adding aquarium salt to the tank. I think it is best to try adding salt and turning up the temperature for a lot of conditions before resorting to the stronger fish medications. Salt helps to prevent bacterial, fungal, and parasitic infections. You can buy aquarium salt specifically made for freshwater fish, or you can buy uniodized salt at the grocery store. Don't use salt with iodine in it (iodized salt)!! It will kill your fish. I usually use about 1 tablespoon of aquarium salt for every 5 gallons of water. Keep in mind that if you have a 10 gallon tank that your rocks, heater, and other items in your tank take up some space and so you may not actually have 10 gallons of water. Also, salt doesn't evaporate and so when you replace water in your tank don't add more salt to it. You can, however, add more salt when making water changes (as long as it doesn't exceed the recommended salt level). Keep in mind that some fish don't tolerate extra salt as well as others (such as Bettas).
Chemical treatment best for severe Columnaris is Maracyn and Maracyn-Two used simultaneously,
Hope this helps