Why You Shouldn't Use Salt For Freshwater Fish

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scorpionkiss73 wrote: How about using sand coral for the bottom of the tank?


i would say africans only as it raises the PH significantly
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I will have to show this post to my mom. She swears by putting salt in her freshwater tanks. Thanks for this!

We have had our Groucho (Tiger O) for over a year now...have watched him grow from 2 inches to pushing 11 inches! LOVE watching him swim around in his little 55 gal world. :lol: We also have a fancy goldfish and a black moor in a separate tank. We love our fishies!...[IMG]
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I had no idea that this was such a touchy subject when I suggested salt in another thread. Lots of very strong ANTI opinions. I first learned of salting in a boutique fish shop where the owner was adding salt to a tank. I asked him what he was doing. He answered: 1 tblsp/5gal as a stress reducer for new arrivals. As simple as that. You can't even taste 1 Tblsp/5gal. I figured him to be something of an expert and likely not trying to kill his fish since his livelihood depended upon it. Perhaps he had staged this display to sell me special overpriced "fish salt."

The difference between medicine and poison is the dose.

Life would be so simple if everything was black and white, and that merely being emphatic would give opinions more validity.
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What's a sticky and how do I stay unstuck?
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spirogyra wrote: I had no idea that this was such a touchy subject when I suggested salt in another thread. Lots of very strong ANTI opinions. I first learned of salting in a boutique fish shop where the owner was adding salt to a tank. I asked him what he was doing. He answered: 1 tblsp/5gal as a stress reducer for new arrivals. As simple as that. You can't even taste 1 Tblsp/5gal. I figured him to be something of an expert and likely not trying to kill his fish since his livelihood depended upon it. Perhaps he had staged this display to sell me special overpriced "fish salt."

The difference between medicine and poison is the dose.

Life would be so simple if everything was black and white, and that merely being emphatic would give opinions more validity.


Salt does have it's uses... I don't have any argument there... But the first and BEST defense will always be clean water....

The point is, if your water chemistry is right, there will be no need for salt...
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free3tbzz replied the topic: Re: Why You Shouldn't Use Salt For Freshwater Fish

that doesnt solve the problem tho if there is one beyond fresh water...some parasites will thrive in fresh water once they have already been established
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streetsmart73 replied the topic: Re: Why You Shouldn't Use Salt For Freshwater Fish

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1. i guess each of us has our ways keeping fish.
2. now, i do use salt for my arowanas especially when the cloudy eyes appear.
3. i will also turn on the heater & frequent water change. it heals almost the every next day!
4. for my oscars, i do use salt occasionally.
5. as some had mentioned "tonic' thing.
6. honest, i also use "garlic" to detox my oscars once every 4 months.
7. during the week-long thing, no feed too.
8. i have been doing clause 4 to 7 for more than 2 years.
9. no issue so far for oscars and aros.
10. btw, i am from the far east.

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spirogyra replied the topic: Re: Why You Shouldn't Use Salt For Freshwater Fish

Hey streetsmart....#6 about the garlic would really look good in my NOVEL IDEAS thread, right after the olive oil. Combine these and we've practically got PESTO!

Salt probably more efficacious for certain species. Viviparous mollies (sailfins/black) love it......it boils down to providing the conditions of a fish species native range. Brackish species like scats and monos will not thrive without it.

We try to mimic the habitat fishes evolved into.
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spirogyra wrote: Hey streetsmart....#6 about the garlic would really look good in my NOVEL IDEAS thread, right after the olive oil. Combine these and we've practically got PESTO!

Salt probably more efficacious for certain species. Viviparous mollies (sailfins/black) love it......it boils down to providing the conditions of a fish species native range. Brackish species like scats and monos will not thrive without it.

We try to mimic the habitat fishes evolved into.



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1. yes, in the far east especially in south-east asia.
2. fish hobbyists here have tried many other items for fish.
3. in fact, there are many of us here using "ketapang" leaves to lower ph in water, to heal a wounded fish etc.
4. such leaves also calm the fish down.

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spirogyra replied the topic: Re: Why You Shouldn't Use Salt For Freshwater Fish

ketapang sounds like a better thing to use than muriatic acid, eh?

Ketapang into the search window NOW.
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