Aquarium salt in oscar tank?

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Okay. I am fairly new at keeping oscars. In setting up my oscar tank I omitted the aquarium salt after reading several threads on here about not using it. I went to Petco to buy aquarium salt for my son's community tank because we had an ich outbreak from a new fish in his tank :( . Anyway, after a discussion about ich, the lady at Petco asked if I was putting aquarium salt in my Oscar tank. I said no. She said that I should be. So should I be using salt in my Oscar tank or should I just be using it in the community tank? Am I missing something? Do I even need salt in my son's community tank?

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Brooksie replied the topic: Re: Aquarium salt in oscar tank?

I never listen to what my LFS says to me! They don't have a clue sometimes. You can get lucky and have an employee that actually knows about fish but most don't. The use of salt is one of those subjects that the answer is different depending on who you talk to. The majority of people on here told me not to use salt when I asked the question.

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www.oscarfishlover.com/helpful-articles/fish-medication

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Matt replied the topic: Re: Aquarium salt in oscar tank?

Yea, salt and food are about the two most controversial subjects around here. Personally, I only use salt if my fish are sick, other than that I don't bother. But I'm sure others will chime in and post their feelings on the subject as well.

The reason I choose to add salt when they're sick or injured is that it's supposed to help the healing process. I've not had any adverse reactions to it so my thoughts are that it's not hurting anything, may be helping and it's not that bad in small infrequent doses. Hope this helps a little

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jewie replied the topic: Re: Aquarium salt in oscar tank?

I have recently just cured my 2 tanks of ich thanks to the great people of this forum. Don't use salt at all just turn your heater up to 86f (32celcius) and once the fish have no more spots give it an additional 10 days before turning the heater down. Use your gravel vac to get the ich out of the gravel.
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jewie replied the topic: Re: Aquarium salt in oscar tank?

Oh forgot to mention make sure you have a bubbler as the higher temp will lower the oxygen in the water
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jnet replied the topic: Re: Aquarium salt in oscar tank?

salt is good but the lfs are just trying to sell you products to fill their pockets understandable its their job and business. I would not and have never used salt in my oscar tanks its is messing with the balance of your water and I dont advice doing that.

However after alot of research I have used salt in one of my tanks, mainly a mollie, guppy, platy tank as I was having a lot of sudden deaths and it does seem to have stopped this. It is also meant to be good for livebearers to produce their young but since putting in tank I havent seen any fry. And am thinking is it just a waste of money? I put my EBJD in there to see if it helped his cloudy eye and generally helped him being a sickly fish but he appears to be the same. So its good for fish say livebearers or brackish liking fish but not very helpful to most other fish.

It is a preferance thing some like it others not and there are better ways like already mentioned for getting rid of ich.

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brad0h replied the topic: Re: Aquarium salt in oscar tank?

If your Oscar doesn't have ich, then no you shouldn't even think about the use salt (either way I wouldn't though, water changes and warm water definitely are a smarter choice). Anyways though, yeah I wouldn't listen to her or your Oscar is going to DIE. :evil:

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