First, doggyhog, I'm very sorry for your loss. That was one beautiful fish. I hate to further derail the thread, but there are some issues here that I think need to be addressed.
[If we're talking about "magic" here, why are parasites resistant to said magic while bacteria can't resist it? The fact is that there isn't anything we can add to our tanks that's in any way, shape or form "magical." Fishkeeping is a science woven of a complex tapestry of the chemical and biological reactions in our tanks. Yes, certain types of organisms that can cause our freshwater fish harm are adversely affected by increased salinity. Bacteria are actually not usually affected by the small amounts of salt we would use. The most affected actually are external protozoan parasites. However, just because salt can be effective in countering these parasites does not mean that it's always a good idea to use salt to treat them and further does not mean that it's a good idea to keep salt in the tank as a preventative measure.]
let me define figure of speech for you,
"The figurings of speech reveal to us the apparently limitless plasticity of language itself. We are confronted, inescapably, with the intoxicating possibility that we can make language do for us almost anything we want. Or at least a Shakespeare can."
"The Greeks called them 'schemes,' a better word than 'figures,' because they serve as persuasive tricks and rules of thumb. While Shakespeare had to memorize more than 200 of them in grammar school, the basic ones aren't hard to learn. . . .
"Figures of speech change ordinary language through repetition, substitution, sound, and wordplay. They mess around with words--skipping them, swapping them, and making them sound different."
just few examples, so in this case i used the word Magical to define the effect of salt water's effect for Betta's.
That's all interesting reading, sure, but doesn't really address the actual use of salt in a freshwater aquarium or, specifically, in a fish tank with a betta. Bettas are softwater fish. In nature, they are found in waters extremely low in salinity. They're very sensitive to salt and therefore, in my opinion, salt should never be used in a betta tank in any circumstances. Even if the fish is suffering from external protozoan parasites, there are other treatments (heat and other medications) that I would use before using salt in the case of salt-sensitive fish.
i know right? very interesting indeed. but your statement that says " but doesn't really address the actual use of salt in a freshwater aquarium or, specifically, in a fish tank with a betta ", i just did in my previous post, do you think i would post some self proclaimed made up theory about using salt for Betta's? with all due respect you don't know jack if you don't even know the basic protection in water that can be provided to Betta's just by using 1/2 tea spoon of salt to treat a U.S. gallon of water that's provided for Betta's. you want proof? ok let's find some sources that has scientific facts rather than speculation as you might think i use salt totally based on my own preference.
read all of it? i know i know you are still ardent about "where does it state about Betta's getting benefit from aquarium salt?" let's read one of the few articles out there who personally uses salt for Betta's and has gotten positive results, please read below by clicking on the link.
if you want more proof just Google Aquarium Salt for benefits, now we all know Betta's are freshwater fish so you might readily disagree against using salt for Betta's. but that's not always the case and they are one of the toughest fresh water fish around, the description of Betta's since their origin from Thailand has changed vastly. how? they have evolved from Wild Betta's to being the today's domesticated Betta's we know and love. one of the most sought Pet store fish. lol forget about aquarium salt which the Betta's had adapted long time ago, people add Aquarium salt for mainly preventing Ick/fungus/bacterias that causes fin rot and lastly both types of parasites that thrive in fresh water are said to have low tolerance against water treated by Aquarium Salt. it works and tested by many, just take few moments to Google Aquarium for Betta's.
this will blow your mind away when you hear some people use direct Tap water for their Betta's and it just so happens, those Betta's have evolved and developed resistance against tap water chlorine that is used to make the tap water drinkable for human. jk? sure if you want to believe that so ardently but here's one of the local Betta fish owner that breeds and sells them on Aquabid. scroll below and read his description and i live in New York, i was planning to personally go pay him a visit tomorrow lol.
this is a perfect example of how hardy Betta's truly are and he has pretty much made all his Betta's adapted to direct Tap water. though i am amazed he feeds them chunk of raw meats... yummy steak *slurp", oops sorry well so................................................ .................................................
lol if you still think Betta's are that delicate to simple Salt which does more good than damage, and not good for Betta's which is your opinion as you stated. sure what ever you say pal but peoples out there are using Aquarium Salt for their Betta's and they are doing more than fine, than they does in fresh water. given the natural protection of salt treated waters prevents Betta's from catching all sorts of freshwater Bacterias and as for Parasites, yes you are right not all parasites can be treated with salt water because there are parasites that are found in saltwater only and thrives in salt water alone but this Betta of Doggyhog, i wanted to know if he/she uses Aquarium salt for his Betta's. and again!!!! i never mentioned "Use Aquarium Salt to treat Parasite infected Betta's" which was assumed by you and another person in this thread earlier. anyway but it DOES provides a Betta with ick/fungus/fin rot protection along with certain parasites that cannot tolerate salt, as stated in my earlier 2 links that explains why. so i am not going to explain that again.
lastly but not the least, here's a perfect example of how my Betta's thrive in Aquarium salt treated water. they have been in this salt water over a week now.
those of you that wants to start using Aquarium Salt, here's a link for you guys.
and also for those that are concerned if it raises ph or if it hardens water or not.
lastly DO NOT USE your home table salt for Betta's, in some cases the added chemical found in iodized and other table salts has killed Betta's, and some just did fine as stated from various sources but none of them died from Aquarium Salt treated waters, hope that helps. toodles