Join Date: May 2011
Location: Elk Grove, California
Aquarium salt is non-iodized sodium chloride. Table salt. Epsom salt is not a true salt but magnesium sulfate and is used as a muscle soak and a laxative. In betta use, it's used to relieve constipation, to draw out excess fluids in the case of dropsy, and to encourage fish to poo out internal parasites.
EDIT: Don't worry about the General Cure for now. It's not as important. You can get epsom salts at any drug store, usually in the laxative section or as a muscle soak. Just make sure you get non-scented, non-dyed epsoms.
What we really need to figure out is if the problem is internal or external so we can figure out which salt to use. If he has heavy breathing and lots of gill movement and the fins are clamped, there's a good possibility the problem is external parasites so we would use AQ salt. If he is bloated and is either not pooing or has white stringy poo, the problem is probably internal parasites and epsom salt would be called for.
Last edited by Sakura8; 09-04-2013 at 10:53 PM.