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Old 07-30-2012, 08:16 AM   #1 
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Question Question about aquarium salt

I have recently switched my boy into a 1 gallon bowl.
I've been using stress coat to treat the water and have been adding about 7-10 granules of salt ever water change, about 2-3/week.

Is it ok to continue using the aquarium salt indefinitely, or will it harm the fish. I originally started using the salt to help heal his fins, but I figured continued usage would be ok in low doses. It says that it "promotes" fish health and gill function. However, I have read some threads stating that long term use caused kidney problems. Should I stop with the salt, or is ok to always use a few granules?

Thanks for the assistance...
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:28 AM   #2 
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Prolonged use of aquarium salt with betta fish can harm their labirynth (breathing) organ; it's generally recommended that aquarium salt isn't used for longer than ten days due to this. I'd personally stop using it.
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:30 AM   #3 
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Unless your betta is injured...

I wouldn't use the salt anymore.

7 granules is not an accurate measurement.

Also do you dissolve the salt in the water before you add the betta?

Adding too much salt can irritate the betta's eyes/etc.....

I ONLY use kosher salt when my bettas are INJURED. Otherwised they just get conditioned water during changes. Nothing else is necessary
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:36 AM   #4 
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I started using the salt initially b/c his fins weren't looking too good. Now, after about a week, he looks better, but not 100%.

I do let the salt dissolve, but if I hadn't, what would the undissolved salt do?

I know 7-10 granules is not an accurate measurement, so i would say about 1/4 teaspoon.

Lets say, I do stop the salt altogether now. I 've used it for about 8 days or so.

How long would I have to wait until the next treatment if his fins continue looking frayed?
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:52 AM   #5 
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1/4 tsp does practically nothing :O but may still harm your betta in the long run.

If his fins are healing, it is more likely due to good water conditions than the salt treatment :D

keep up with the water changes, good temperature and nutritious food and his fins will be back in no time :D
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:49 AM   #6 
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Thanks guys.

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