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i stopped using aquarium salt about a year ago as i heard it was not good on fish from studies people have been doing. as i go through this forum i see admids recommending to up the salt in peoples tanks. so whats the best educated guess here or do we vote on it.
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Matt replied the topic: Re: salt or no salt

No salt.

There's no need for salt in a freshwater tank. If they needed any kind of brackish water they wouldn't live in fresh :P I don't use salt now, did when I first started keeping fish, but found it didn't do anything to help.

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JasonR replied the topic: Re: salt or no salt

Not sure if you read this but it is the most thorough discussion on the subject in this forum:

www.oscarfishlover.com/forum/13-the-oscar-fish/64167-why-you-shouldnt-use-salt-for-freshwater-fish

No salt IMO.
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that is the article i read that made me stop using salt. but then i see people recommending it so then i start second guessing myself especially with all the problems i've been having lately.
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Matt replied the topic: Re: salt or no salt

Remind us of the problems you've had?

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Refresh us on the problems you're having or direct us to the thread(s)
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i just recently lost a tiger and a pleco because of hith(i assume it was hith)cloudy eyes lying on bottem skin flaking off. just been water changing and adding medicine i bought from fish store that seemed to help. almost lost my little albino but he pulled through. my red oscar was sick but he pulled through too. i figured i had too many fish in my 130g so i got rid of my 2 full grown jack dem and decided to just house 2 oscars in it with 1 pleco and 2 lobsters to cut down on ammonia and nitrates. been 25% water changing every couple days and things looked normal again so i switched my albino with my son for my big red that i gave him but the red has been having problems since i put him in last night he was lip locking and caring on all last night with my big albino and today he's at the bottem gasping so i'm looking at everything i've done. did water change yesterday and considering to a 50 today for good measure.
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my other thread is in emergency please help, sick oscars by big 10 inch
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JasonR replied the topic: Re: salt or no salt

I think your reaching for miracle solutions to your issue. With your stock You NEED to be changing 50% of the water in your tank each week and monitor parameters over the next several weeks. Water parameters need to be maintained at 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and nitrates no higher than 40ppm but preferably 20ppm or less. I just think your maintenance routine hasn't been sufficient and there may also have been problems with the pleco. Stick to this strict routine and monitor how things go. :)
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big10inch replied the topic: Re: salt or no salt

believe me i have been water changing usually 25% a week. i'm actually going test my tap water today just to see where it stands. since my problem i've been doing 25-50 every second third day for a week. did a 25% yesterday and looking at my big red i'm considering a 50 today. i have a uv light in there because our water is high in algae. will take out my carbons soon as possible and just bio it like you said. something has to give. never had this problem before in the 7 yrs i've been doing this so its a learning experience for me. the most problems i've had is ick and thats it. since i bought this tank last feb i ran into hole in head 3-4 times on same oscar and now this and algae booms. so looking over what i've been doing seems crutial. i'm actually contemplating breaking this tank down and washing it in viniger water solution same with filters and rewashing gravel and starting over from scratch.
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