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Goldfish Fin Rot-- Salt and Carbon Filter?


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Hello all,

My goldfishes (2) are currently suffering stage 2 of fin rot. I have read the article regarding how to treat it but my parents won't let me buy the medications for them, so I have turned to with aquarium salt. I don't have that either so I searched up substitutes for it and decided to use Kosher salt. 

I just want to ask if anyone has experiences with using Kosher salt with their fishes before?

Also, should I take out the carbon packet from my filter during the treatment?

thanks for your time.

-Ceci

 

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Fin rot is usually caused by poor water quality I would  test for nitrites and ammonia  I would also recommend reqular water changes   and Kosher salt 1 table spoon for 2 gallons for 1 week  you don't have to remove carbon when treating with salt just remember to only add the amount of salt back in that you take out so if you do a 2 gallon water change only put 1table spoon of salt  back in 

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On 6/18/2021 at 5:19 AM, Ceci said:

Have anyone used this product before:

I used it before with my betta but only once with goldfish.

 

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No haven't use that product   I would recommend seachem prime as a dechlorinator as it detoxify nitrites and ammonia as for water change I would recommend 25% twice a week till your fin rot  issue are sorted and use your dechlorinator when doing water changes I do 25% weekly water changes on all my tank but it depends on water quality and reqular testing for nitrites and ammonia and nirates if something is out of balance I do more frequent water changes

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On 6/19/2021 at 1:18 AM, Ceci said:

Thank you all so much!!!

One last question, should the feeding be normal during this treatment week?

Thanks!

-Ceci

I would reduce feeding to once a day while your treating them some people don't feed for a couple of days while treating to provent ammonia spikes it up to you which way you want to go

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Hey all,

today is the 5th day of my salt treatment and I have change 25% water (with salt replacement of 1tablespoon) once. It doesn't seem like the conditions are worsening, at least, not rapidly, and I'm not sure if they are recovering...

Should I just go ahead and increase the level of the treatment to 1 tbsp per gallon? Or wait a bit longer?

Thanks for any help!

-Ceci

 

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On 6/22/2021 at 4:40 AM, Ceci said:

Hey all,

today is the 5th day of my salt treatment and I have change 25% water (with salt replacement of 1tablespoon) once. It doesn't seem like the conditions are worsening, at least, not rapidly, and I'm not sure if they are recovering...

Should I just go ahead and increase the level of the treatment to 1 tbsp per gallon? Or wait a bit longer?

Thanks for any help!

-Ceci

 

You could go to 1table spoon per gallon for a couple of days after that I would monitor  as the salt will have killed the bacterial off it will take some time for you see fin regrowth

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Hey guys,

Due to complications, I wasn't able to increase the salt amount to 1tablespoon per gallon and just let the 2tablespoon per gallon treatment continue--it is now the 10th day.

I think that the treatment did help a little but the fin rot symptoms continued (just not as fast).

If I start the 1tablespoon per gallon treatment today, should I first change the water first, then dump the salt in? If yes, how much should I change?

Thanks all.

-Ceci

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On 6/26/2021 at 7:41 PM, Ceci said:

Hey guys,

Due to complications, I wasn't able to increase the salt amount to 1tablespoon per gallon and just let the 2tablespoon per gallon treatment continue--it is now the 10th day.

I think that the treatment did help a little but the fin rot symptoms continued (just not as fast).

If I start the 1tablespoon per gallon treatment today, should I first change the water first, then dump the salt in? If yes, how much should I change?

Thanks all.

-Ceci

I would do two 50% water changes over the next couple of days  to remove the salt give them a rest from the salt for a couple of days before going to 1 table spoon for 1 gallon

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Hi guys,

I stopped the salt treatment a few days ago believing that it has been cured (no significant pieces missing) but the fin rot came back. I just did a 50% water change and dumped 10 table spoons of kosher salt into the tank.

How long should I leave the salt in for?

Any other things I should watch out for?

Thanks for any help!

-Ceci

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Hey Guys!

As of now, the fin rot don't seem to have any effect (or at least making very slow progress) on my fishes anymore. The salt treatment has also been stopped for many weeks now. But I noticed that the outer border of their fins are white. I'm not sure if that is due to continual progression of fin rot or if they are recovering and growing new fins.

Can anyone tell me about their own experience, please? Any advice are greatly appreciated.

thanks.

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Hello Colu! Thanks for your response!

I looked back to the videos I took of them back in July and there are significant receding compared to now. I guess I just want y’alls opinions on whether the white border is a sign of continual receding or if it’s from healing.

I also took a video a few days ago. It would be great help if you guys can take a look at the pics attached below (from vid back in July and 2days ago)
if I do end up treating them with the salt treatment again, would I use the 1tablespoon per gallon for a week?

thanks so much.

the first two are from July. The next two from 2 days ago. I’m so sorry abt the fuzzy pics.

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