Is aquarium salt good for bettas?
Posted 16 March 2010 - 09:39 PM
Posted 16 March 2010 - 11:42 PM
And actually, my pH has lowered since I have consistently used salt, it can also help heal minor wounds that are common on Betta's, their long fins can sometimes get cut or pinched, or even bitten by themselves (research tail biting), the salt will help it heal quickly and reduce the risk of infection.
I don't know if others will disagree, but I say absolutely yes, use salt.
The exception is if you notice an overproduction of his slime coat, that is usually caused by irritation which could be the salt, at that point you should stop.
Edited by John, 17 March 2010 - 12:02 AM.
Posted 16 March 2010 - 11:49 PM
Posted 16 March 2010 - 11:52 PM
Posted 16 March 2010 - 11:57 PM
Posted 17 March 2010 - 12:01 AM
I use API because it was available, but salt is salt as far as I'm concerned, just remember to dissolve it in a container before adding it!
Posted 17 March 2010 - 12:07 AM
Posted 17 March 2010 - 08:11 AM
Whoops! I already added it. I spread it around evenly though. Do you think it will hurt them? I was reading the directions and didn't see that step. I never did it with my other tanks either, but it make since now that mentioned it. After water change I will dissolve salt before adding.
You should be fine, I would just dissolve it from now on, the real risk is of the fish actually touching a piece of salt.
Posted 17 March 2010 - 11:49 AM
Salt will not cure or kill your fish, but in certain conditions such as respiratory distress, external parasites, open wounds, tail biting, etc--salt will help clear the gills of excess mucus, increase bloodflow to the woundsite(s) to encourage new growth, promote slime coat production, and help turn some of the free ammonia (which shouldn't be present anyway) into harmless ammonium.
Not only should you dissolve your salt in the future, but if you're increasing the amount of salt in the water you should do so slowly, only pouring in small amounts of the dissolved salts at a time to prevent stressing the fish. Try not to just dump things in there suddenly.
Edited by Etcetera, 17 March 2010 - 11:54 AM.
Posted 17 March 2010 - 12:02 PM
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