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The Celestial Pearl Danio Forum • View topic - Salt quantities or no salt

Salt quantities or no salt

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Salt quantities or no salt

Postby fish_4_all » Sat Mar 01, 2008 5:02 pm

I have been reading that the best way to prevent Velvet on CPD is to add a little salt.

Is salt a good idea to help prevent velvet or is it not needed at all? If it is a good idea, how much?
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Postby mummymonkey » Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:19 am

Not required. The best way to prevent disease is to quarantine new fish and maintain good water quality.
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Postby atlantis_child » Sun Mar 02, 2008 1:00 pm

At work we add salt when treating fish to help them breathe, since the medication is somewhat smothering.


Our method works pretty fast pn velvet and Ich, and with few deathes.

1 Turn off flow to tank (keep heating, we can't at work beacuse a bunch of tanks are connected to the dump that heats them all)

2 Add full dose of med.s for tank gallonage (liquid is easier in my opinion)

3 Also add half a cup of aquarium or other salt without additives per 10 gallons(we use a brand of salt for melting ice. Very cheap.)


Next day:
1 Gravel syphon almost half the water out

2 Replace water with that of similar chemistry and temperature

3 Add the salt and med.s in full dose again, or half or a quarter dose for delicate species

4 Repeat as for as many days till it goes away (then 3 or 4 more)

* Velvet and Ich cysts can survive in the water and gravel for about 3 days without a host


I had a regular customer come in a few days ago wondering why after all the syptoms went away, they'd reappear in a day or 2. Welll...that's why.


Some fish, like my platies appeciate a bit of salt in their water. Others, like catfish really do not.

Anyway, that's my thing on salt... Geez I'll become a fish geek. :roll:


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Postby altaaffe » Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:51 pm

I'm with mummy on this one, I don't add salt to any tank other than those that require it (Malawi mix) and have had no problems but water quality is paramount.
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Postby fish_4_all » Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:35 pm

That is good to know, thank you all. I am very good at keeping the water quality at it's best and have managed to not lose a fish in almost 3 years other than jumpers.

Having Wisteria and likely getting some Water sprite will only help with water quality not to mention my other plants.
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Postby maximumbob » Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:29 am

just to reiterate... no salt!
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Postby chr15_8 » Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:11 pm

as said no salt.

Fish have evolved for many years with no salt. salt is for marine fish. Unless using certain salt to treat fish for certain illness not to prevent

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Postby Crazedpuffer » Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:41 pm

Aquarium salt is mainly only used for treating ich. If kept in the tank it starts to harm the fishes immune system.
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