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  1. Temp: 72F Hardness: 350PPM GH Alkalinity: 230PPM pH: 7.6 So I adopted 6 little golfish that are in extreme bad shape. A 14 year old kid said he did not want them anymore in my local fish group, and nobody wanted them so I felt bad for the fish. Now I have 6 little guys. Placed them in a quarantine 20long tank, and one day after putting them there, along with dosing pure malachite green, I see the tank CRAWLING with these guys: They're kind cool/fascinating, but sadly a pest. I'm guessing the malachite green made them detach from the goldfish? Anyways, I've been keeping the lights off because for some reason, when I turn them on, some of the goldfish start to dart around really bad, and one of them even seems to want to jump out of the tank (got a lid). I dosed more malachite green today, since they also seem to have fin rot. Poor guys were in extreme bad shape, but luckily not a single one has passed. What should I use for em? Med trio? How about salt, would salt be enough to completely eradicate these lice? Woudl it be better a highly concentrated salt bath, or dosing the aquarium itself?
  2. I have searched the internet looking for a hard answer but can't find one. I am doing a salt treatment of 1 tbsp per 2 gals in my 75 gel tank that had ich. I am going on my 4th week at this dose and would like to do 1 more week before I start backing down. How long can most fish tolerate this level of salt before they start to be harmed by it? I don't want to go too long and kill fish. Thanks.
  3. Last week I rescued a small fancy fantail from a pet shop with black marks that I believe are from ammonia burns. I am pretty sure that they are healing burns because their black color is beginning to fade after a few days in my clean cycled 10 gallon quarantine tank with fresh water, conditioned with Seachem Prime. Upon close examination it looks like there are a couple tiny spots forming that look like fungus. My question is, can I use aquarium salt as treatment when the fish is healing from ammonia burns? My water parameters are: ammonia:0 nitrite:0 Nitrate:10 ph: 7.8 Thanks, I would appreciate any feedback.
  4. My question was directed at Cory, but should I at least put a little salt in my guppy breeding tank? If so how much? Thank you guys for your help.
  5. Are the amounts of kosher salt used to treat sick aquarium fish roughly equivalent to what's recommended for 'aquarium salt'? I know that in cooking, kosher salt and table salt substitution ratios are not a 1-to-1 . So I'm wondering the same about using kosher salt in aquarium disease treatment? Anyone have some good info on this topic?
  6. Hello everyone, I just wanted to know if the salt in the brine shrimp water is harmful to corys. I ask because I don’t have a sieve to rinse the shrimp.
  7. I've had to start treating my betta for fungus issue. I'm currently at the highest level 1 tbls per 10 gal. Do I need to do water changes while doing this? I am also dosing him with ich x. I'm certain he has water fungus...water mould? which is also known as saprolegnia. It's been a week I just moderately treated him with salt and mostly relying on ich x to heal it but I see no improvement. I did a salt dip once with no result either. So before he goes too much longer I need to upgrade my treatment. I feel I should also add maracyn for possible secondary infection. Any ideas? In particular with the addition of so much salt while dosing with ich x...the question of water changes is confusing me.
  8. Ik on the bottle it says it's safe for marine use. But I've just came from a diff forum regarding this questions and I haven't found the answer yet. In that thread everyone was confused so it wasn't really helpful. Basically someone called Hikari if they could use prazipro with salt in a freshwater tank, and the man who answered said no, and that made them wonder why it was then marketed to be safe for marine uses blah blah blah. So yeah, if anyone knows please do tell.
  9. I got 12 new guppies to restock an empty 24gal aquarium from both Petsmart and Petco. While in the 10gal receiving tank I ran one full application of Paracleanse and had just started a round of Ich - X (I didn't know I could apply them all together at the same time...) when two of the males began having a hard time swimming, and one of the females began to get a white patch on her back (Pics). I went to start a treatment of Maracyn, but realized I bought Maracyn Two instead of the regular. I ordered it promptly but all three died the following day, and a second female got the white patch. This last Thursday I started treating them with salt, at 1Tbsp per 2 gal of water. This seemed to clear up the white patches, but the guppies still got lethargic and died... As of today, 3/13 I only have two guppies left and the Maracyn just came in. Is it ok to add Maracyn during salt treatments? Or do I need to start water changes? What else could be affecting these guppies? Thank you!
  10. My dwarf gourami has a few little nicks in his scales plus he's getting fat eating before my other fish so I put him in quarentine. When I added the salt it was not all dissolved and it looks like he ate a small piece as it was falling through the water. Anything to be concerned about with him eating it? Im at 4 tbs per 10 gallons right now to try to heal him. Haven't fed for 2 days. Was thinking about feeding a pea tomorrow. Haven't seen any poo in the 3 days hes been in quarentine.
  11. Can ghost shrimp tolerate a level 2 or 3 salt treatment?
  12. I have some pandas corys with fungus my 20 gallon and haveing a hard time calculating the doses.
  13. i think i just might have made a huge mistake today after work when i started to add aquarium salt to my brand newly cycled 55 gal, but i think, hope, feel, i can water change it away before ireversable damage has been done. good news is i only added 2 or 3 tbl spoons pre daluted aquarium salt before i caught myself and stopped. i have 5 female swordtails in the tank and a handfull of hitchhiker snails. as far as plants i have pogostemon stelatus octopus, anubius gold coin, a cpl types of swords, and a few java ferns. my paramaters , PH 7.2 or 7.3, GH 7dkh, KH 6dkh, nitrates 20 nitrites 0 ammonia 0 my question is how badly did i mess up if at all? should i do a large W.C. or a series of small W.C. right away? or is that small of an amount of AQ salt not gonna have any impact at all on 55 gal. tank? im still fairly new to fish keeping and brand new to plants but im absolutely obsessed with learning all i can so any experienced or educated input?advice is much appreciated, thank you
  14. So I was wondering just how much is a bad thing? Sure, I know that depends on the type of plant and the type of salt and possibly starting water parameters. Who knows what is in public water anymore. But I was just wondering if anyone has found or have any credible information? Thanks
  15. hey all! a well(-ish) known online fish seller/supplier recently told me that salt makes erythromycin ineffective and the two should not be used together. it was my first time ever hearing this and i can’t find anything online really discussing this either. is there truth to this or does anyone else have any experience? i have always kept some salt in my qt and hospital tanks while treating with meds.
  16. So we know salt is bad for plants. We know that salt is a good way to treat disease. We know that keeping fish in their familiar environment is less stressful... My betta had a touch of fin rot that did not seem to respond to a combo of maracyn and ichX. So I devised this... The giant pickle jar is floating freely in his tank. It is at his familar temperature, and I am feedinng very lightly and changing the salted water 50% daily. He looks better and seems pretty happy honestly. I vote big win.
  17. Wondering if anyone has experience treating livebearer fry with salt? I read that fry are more sensitive than adults, so I’m nervous to try it. I have a juvenile endler with popeye. It’s been like that for 1-2 weeks. From researching online, I know that popeye can be very serious and also can be caused by a multitude of issues. the water parameters are 0 ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate, temp 75, ph about 7.6 and no one else is affected. So I’m thinking an injury or perhaps something internal. Or maybe even a deformity gre was born with but I didn’t notice until he got bigger? I’d like to separate him out and start treating with salt but have been nervous that the stress of being transferred and treated could kill him more effectively than the pop eye. I even thought about culling him and feeding him to my puffers but I couldn’t bring myself to do that. I’ve been checking on him everyday and he gets around fine and is eating. The eye hasn’t ruptured yet but does appear to be getting bigger (but so is the fish). sorry for the bad picture.
  18. HI All, I am gifting a friend a complete 30 gallon set-up - homebred guppies included! This tank has plants so has never been exposed to salt. I put the guppies I am going to keep in a QT tank with 1 TBSP salt per 4 gallons (needed to treat other fish I'm keeping, so all keepers went into QT). I've noticed that the guppies in the salt are MUCH more active and happy than they were previously - almost immediately. So I'm wondering if a planted tank with cabomba, ludwigia, and pogostemon 'Octopus' could handle a very low dose of salt. Conversely, my friend is a good fishie friend and suggested that she could give them a salt swim occasionally. Just wondering what you all think? Should we salt the tank, or give them occasional spa days in a low salt solution, or should we just leave the salt thing alone?
  19. How many tablespoons per gallon of salt to treat sick platy in 10 gallon?
  20. I have a group of 4 Corydora Aneus and 3 Balloon Mollys along with a group of 7 Molly fry in a breeder box in a 29 gallon planted tank. One of my Balloon Mollys keeps getting infections. At first I thought it was Ich and treated for that twice with Ich-X. Then treated for Columnaris once with Marycin. This was all in the 29 gallon. When the Columnaris came back again it also came with a swim bladder issue and thats when I finally got a 10 gallon hospital tank. I moved her and the other female to that tank and did a back to back treatment of Marycin while fasting. Thought she was good and then a few days back in the display tank a new infection popes up, this time its fin rot and something that looks like columnaris by her eye. She is now back in the hospital tank with a 2 tbsp per gallon does if salt. My question is would it be helpful to add salt to the display tank? Could she be getting sick again and again from the tank or is more likely she is stressed in that tank? If it IS a good idea to salt treat the planted display tank what doesage should i do not to kill the plants? The plants I have are Java Fern, Anubias Nana Petit, Dwarf Aquarium lily, Tiger lotus bulb, Moneywort, Bucephelandra, and some Red Root Floaters. Im just really trying to get this girl healthy. Thanks!
  21. Hello, I have a sick fish with a decentely sized red sore on its tail. I quarantined him by himself and did some water changes for the past week. he hasn’t really been getting better and is slowly looking less active. i was just about to put in 2 tablespoons of API aquarium salt into the 45 litre quatrantine tank. until I thought, how long should the salt stay there? can someone advise me on whether it’s better to add the salt as I planned or if it’s better to just give the fish a 5-10minute bath? thank you
  22. I have baby tears/ HC growing, and doing extremely well so far.. i was wondering if I need to use aquarium salt in the future if it will harm the plants? I can't seem to find the answer myself and wondered what your experience is
  23. Rainbow Geek

    Fin rot

    How much salt a gallon to cure mild fin rot on betta?
  24. I recently dosed my tank with a few meds and some salt. I used API super ich cure, API erithromycin, API Melafix, and salt. Literally a few hours later my stag horn algae problem had already started to turn red and is dying. I would love to know if it was the salt or the meds. I dosed them all regularly by the instructions accept for the salt for which I used 1 tablespoon to 2 gallons of water.
  25. How many of you quarantine with only salt? How much salt do you use in your quarantine? I’ve considered only quarantining with salt and maybe Paracleanse. I would prefer not to run Maracyn or Ich-X if salt is likely to knock out unknowns. I think I’ve heard Cory say he would Salt everything....? I bought some new female Gold Dust Mollies (and a Charcoal colored one) to offset my male population, and a couple of them look thin. I’ve also noticed what may be some white poop in the tank (I got them Saturday). I want to watch them before I treat with the Paracleanse to make sure, but I would really prefer to just salt them if they aren’t having parasite problems.
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