Originally Posted by BadFishDaddy
I keep 1 tsp per gallon. I have heard it is good for the fish (especially the molly's which I have always had problems keeping). I don't tend to replace it when I do water changes because I have heard you should not need to.
Does salt and increased temp usually treat ick?
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Yeah, the safest way to treat ich is a steady increase of aquarium salt and an increased temp over a period of time as you monitor your fish for any signs of stress that they might not be able to handle the temp or salinity.
I use to keep livebearers, well just mollies and guppies. I never put the full recommened dosage of aquarium salt in the tank as the other inhabitants usually arent as receptive to salt as the mollies and guppies are. Mollies and guppies dont actually need the salt. They just have a higher tolerance for salinity than other fish and can actually be slowly acclimated to brackish and on the rare ocassion I have heard of a guppy going marine (only read, never seen that! lol).
Aquarium salt's main purpose is to assist in the ridding of parasites and diseases such as ich. A big reason a lot of chain pet stores (like Petsmart & Petco) use aquarium salt in their tanks is to hide the masses of sickness and attempt to prevent some of the sickness that comes with their overstocked and non-temp regulated holding tanks. Their tanks are a breeding ground for ich, and the salt helps hide it, but without the raised temps they arent treating it. (Another reason I prefer to buy my fish at petsmart on Fridays is because they JUST get them in and they have had less time in the ich-tanks! LOL)
With the aquarium salt, it is always in the tank unless you do a water change. Example being you put in 5 tsp... you do a 50% water change... you have taken out half the salt and left 2.5 tsp. And until you do another 50% water change that salt is still in the tank. Which is why it is always important to make sure you calculate it correctly before ever adding more aquarium salt to make sure you dont over-do it for the non-salt liking fish. I would probably lower that a lot for the safety of the snail in the long run.
For mollies and guppies the biggest thing for keeping them is the need for hard water. And of course the right food... those tetra algae crisps (they are like regular tropical flakes, but have veggies in the middle) they make are GREAT for Mollies (as they are omnivores)!!! On the other hand guppies like insects and freeze-dried bloodworms are an awesome addition to their diet for natural color enhancments!!!