Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
I was reading the thread on salt, because it was about my problems, too.
I have a 20 gal. tank with a Whisper Filter system and a UV filter and a bubble system designed for betas. I have between 15 to 20 females and one male. I also have tetras...two types, I forgot the names, but they are tough and fast. However, I like the neon tetras the best, and they will do well if I have 12plus.
I have this algae eater that was small 1 inch when I bought him. Now he is 8 inches long.
I know the betas...I'm not crazy, they have a personality. There only problem is nipping at each others fins. Now and then I add that "Natural" medication that kills all bacteria infections. Things always clear up, but after the 1/3 water change, I always lose 2 or 3 betas...the weaker ones.
So I went to the salt/raise the temperature method. This works for my betas, but I had 8 catfish, and 6 died over night. Also, something kills my neons, slowly... maybe 1 every 10 days. I can replace both of them because I like the neons, and need the cats. I get white ones, spotted ones, striped ones, etc.
Who is dying because of the salt.? Nothing heals up the betas better. No "ich" as I keep the temperature at 84.