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Ich and How To Deal With It

9 years 9 months ago #16714 by dragonkeeper
Where did you get the idea that I dose salt daily? Also it takes a LOT of salt to be harmful to the African cichlids that I keep. I only salt if necessary to control parasites, disease, or as a general wound and scratch care. The proper amount of salt is actually better for your fishes health than all of the medications currently available.

I do not believe pure NaCl messes with the hardness of the water to much. Plus with the "Liquid Rock" that I get from the tap, a little salt isn't going to change the PH, or GH any.

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9 years 9 months ago #16704 by
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I haven't had an Ich brake out for almost 5 years now, and I never used salt, but when salt builds up in an aquarium it can have some hamful side effects.  A weekly waterchange of 50% would help, but you shouldn't dose it daily  or 3 times a week as it will kill plants and fish.  Doesn't salt also raise the hardness of the water too.

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9 years 9 months ago #16693 by dragonkeeper
Salt is not technically a medication and therefore doesn't need to be cleaned out. I try to keep all my tanks at a higher salinity. Helps with slime coat and is a natural preventative of disease and parasites. I haven't had an ich outbreak in well over 2 years.

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9 years 9 months ago #16684 by
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When you put in the 5 tablespoons don't you need to also clean 1/5 or 20% of the water daily for 5 days then add another dose, and repeate for a total of 10 days?  I read that in a book for discus, as medications rarely work for the fish, and in some cases actualy cause the stress that kills them.

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10 years 2 months ago #12380 by dragonkeeper
Heaping tablespoon per 5 gallons is what I use. Turn the heat up as well, 82* is probably good. You are going to need to move a lot of water to keep the O2 levels up.

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10 years 2 months ago #12376 by whetfish
You say salt the tank.  Is there a recommended dosage?

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10 years 7 months ago #7796 by klassichobbies
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Cat?
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Um, a bird?
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10 years 7 months ago #7795 by dragonkeeper
Add a little salt. Will help stave of infection and help them recover a little faster.

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10 years 7 months ago #7792 by klassichobbies
the fish that had the most damage was the dominant male of the group. the fish is much better now though, but shows the signs of damage.

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10 years 7 months ago #7791 by dragonkeeper
My guess is that the fish was harassed and that is what damaged the fins. Although we have all seen Ich infested fish and there is nothing pretty about the disease.

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