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Old 07-08-2012, 07:56 PM   #1 
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Aquarium Salt vs Epsom Salt

Hi there,

I'm wondering what the difference is between AQ salt and Epsom salt, and how/when they are supposed to be used.

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Old 07-08-2012, 07:59 PM   #2 
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Aquarium salt is for external problems (i.e. Ich) Epsom salt is for internal problems (i.e. Bloat)
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:12 AM   #3 
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Not all specie of fish can tolerate any amount of salt-you should always research that specie first before using any salt and/or medication...especially with corydoras an some tetra and plecos......

Also, lots of aquatic plants can't tolerate any amount of aquarium salt-some can like anubias, ferns and several others, however, plants can tolerate Epsom salt and is often used as a plant fert.

For Betta splendens-they can tolerate short term use of sodium chloride (aquarium salt) in dosages of 1-3tsp/gal...I like to limit treatment to 10 days-up to 14 days on rare occasions.

I use aquarium salt (sodium chloride) for external problems-limit to 10 days
I use Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) for internal problems-can be used long term

However, if I need to treat both an internal and external problem I will use Epsom salt 1-3tsp/gal.

Both Epsom an Aquarium salt have antibacterial/fungal properties
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:02 PM   #5 
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Speaking of internal parasites, can I soak tropical flakes in ground garlic and water for my platies?
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:51 PM   #6 
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Thanks Oldfishlady! :D
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