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Aquarium salt

Discussion in 'Aquarium Equipment & Decor' started by bouncer36, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. bouncer36

    bouncer36 Thread Starter Member

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    Do you aquarium salt in your freshwater fish?
     
  2. buzz4520

    buzz4520 Well-Known Member

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    no. never thought about it or had a reason to i guess.
     
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  3. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    Nope, never had the need.
    Most will only recommend using it with brackish fish, or something like mollies.
     
  4. bouncer36

    bouncer36 Thread Starter Member

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    Well i do have a dragon goby
    Eel
     
  5. bouncer36

    bouncer36 Thread Starter Member

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    So the api aquarium salt is ok to use for freshwater for brackish water for a dragon goby eel fish t doesn't have to be marine salt?
     
  6. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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    Borrowed info:

    If you haven't added salt yet and it's doing okay...I wouldn't bother to add it now. Once you add salt you'll need to measure the salinity and keep if fairly consistent as you would in a saltwater setup (a pain in the butt that I wouldn't go through unless you have to). Why add more to your water (more expense) then you have to is my current rule.
     
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  7. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    Salt in my opinion should only be used in a freshwater setup to treat disease such as ick and then forget buying that expensive "aquarium salt" normal table salt will achieve the same results.
     
  8. bouncer36

    bouncer36 Thread Starter Member

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    Well i was told by some you a little salt in the freshwater fish when i set up the tank 2 to 3 years ago so my tank has always have had it in it got the goby for maybe 4 months now he seem to be doing ok
     
  9. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    Nah you don't need it, I have had as many as 19 tanks up at once and no salt has ever been near any of them.
     
  10. bouncer36

    bouncer36 Thread Starter Member

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    I keep my tank at 80 temp is that to high? I can put it at 78 if need to be
     
  11. MOD_Dawn

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    leave it where it's at, if your goby's been fine for the past few months at that temp I wouldn't bother changing it.
    I keep my tank at 80F and I have various freshwater species in it.
     
  12. bouncer36

    bouncer36 Thread Starter Member

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    If keep putting api aquarium salt in my tank is it going to kill my live plants? I don't remember what type they are
     
  13. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    Please remember that salt does not evaporate, the only way to remove it is through water changes. Unless you are monitoring the salinity please be careful as your salt level may reach such high levels that it could be lethal to anything.
     
  14. bouncer36

    bouncer36 Thread Starter Member

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    I was wondering will the salt kill my plants
     
  15. bouncer36

    bouncer36 Thread Starter Member

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    Yes i know i only add it when i do water changes
     
  16. HBIC

    HBIC Need help??? That's what we're here for :)

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    It depends on what type of plants, some are more tolerant to brackish conditions than others.