Why You Shouldn't Use Salt For Freshwater Fish

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

Hi Jason :)

Welcome here.

You'll get more help if you start your own thread, but no worries.

The first thing to do would be to slowly get the salt out of your water - 25% water changes several times a day (if possible, if not, morning and evening) for the next week or so.

If you remove the salt too quickly, your fish could get hurt from the difference. Since by your own admission they are less than 100%, slowly is the only way to do things.

Then, create a new thread in the 'non emergency health forum' (I think that's the best place for it, but it could also go in emergency). In this thread give the following information:

1) Tank size
2) Tank occupants (fish/plants/snails/etc)
3) How long it has been set up
4) What filtration you have on it
5) What temperature you keep the tank at
6) Your maintenance schedule - water changes and filter maintenance (how you do it, how much, how often)
7) Any chemicals you use in your tank (should include your dechlorinator here)
8) Water parameters for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH, and any other test information you may have.

Please do this, and we'll help you give your fish a better life :)
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SemiExperiencedJason replied the topic: Re: Why You Shouldn't Use Salt For Freshwater Fish

WOW! Thanks for responding! I've never been part of a forum before. I'll figure out how all this works very quickly!
And thanks again! :)
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Best81 replied the topic: Re: Why You Shouldn't Use Salt For Freshwater Fish

I use API it test all that.my levals never shot up at all i payed 35$for it.
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jmcpherson77 replied the topic: Re:Why You Shouldn't Use Salt For Freshwater Fish

I use aquarium salt in all my fresh water tanks I guess I wasn't clear as to what salt you are referring to but I have no problems at all in fact I have had less problems with my tanks since I started using it to treat my water no ammonia problems at all tanks are nice and clear and fish have been doing awesome
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Rocksor replied the topic: Re:Why You Shouldn't Use Salt For Freshwater Fish

jmcpherson77 wrote: I use aquarium salt in all my fresh water tanks I guess I wasn't clear as to what salt you are referring to but I have no problems at all in fact I have had less problems with my tanks since I started using it to treat my water no ammonia problems at all tanks are nice and clear and fish have been doing awesome


Salt is unnecessary and only raises the total dissolved solid levels. Fish can handle an increase in TDS. Salt is an irritant. It is not a magic tonic.

www.skepticalaquarist.com/salt-magic
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ArchAngel replied the topic: Why You Shouldn't Use Salt For Freshwater Fish

I'm new to this site but I agree you shouldn't use salt for no reason. The only time I have used salt is when my loaches had whitespot.
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rahul1991 replied the topic: Why You Shouldn't Use Salt For Freshwater Fish

Yes, you are absolutely right but what about fish stores they have salt in all there tanks. Fish may not survive if swapped between these tanks.
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