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Old 11-12-2012, 11:44 PM   #1 
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If caught early, what diseases can salt baths effectively cure?
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:04 AM   #2 
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I have a question about salt baths too. It seems a little complicated to keep the water at the right salinity. What's the proper way this is done when doing a water change? From what I've learned, you do a 100% water change every day when treating for Ick. For that, you have to keep the fish in a cup and re-acclimate him to the new water. The thing is, after a water change, he'll already be in salt water and adding more salt water to acclimate him could push the salinity too high or if you poured him back into the tank with the new water, it would still add extra salt from the cup he was in. How do you keep it properly measured?
The only way I can see doing it is to scoop him from the cup with a net and place him in the fresh salt water with the potential risk of shocking him with the fresh water (well, probably a minimal risk actually if you got your mix right)

To answer part of your question, I know it works for ick as I learned a few weeks ago.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:29 AM   #3 
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Salt doesnt really do anything You need to get something called ''Bettafix'' api makes it and it works great my betta had fin rot and it cured it and his fins are growing back. DON'T USE AQUARIUM SALT I WAS TOLD IT'S THE WORST THING FOR BETTAS IT CAN MAKE THEM EVEN SICKER AND COULD ALSO BURN THEM!!!
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:40 AM   #4 
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BettaGirl is wrong. Salt is very effective in curing almost all external issues. I avoid anything ending in -fix. Melafix, Bettafix, anything like that. It contains tee tree oil which will coat the labyrinth organ (what bettas use to breathe from the surface) and they will suffocate.

Blacklight, a small amount of added salt water won't hurt the fish. Especially if its less than one cup of water. When doing water changes with salt I just scoop fish into cup, change the water, and put fish back in.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:24 AM   #5 
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AQ Salt causes Kidney failure. It's not good for Fish.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:28 AM   #6 
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Read this Thread.http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=87163
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:39 AM   #7 
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If caught early, what diseases can salt baths effectively cure?
Hi, it usually works on some parasites, fungus, it can help in a nitrite poisoning emergency. Try google & see what comes up. Back in the old days the salt baths/dips were just about all we had.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:48 AM   #8 
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Well Lizzy you're killing your fish using AqSalt everytime you do a water change. It does not cure anything at all just makes them even sicker was told this by a professional so i guess he knows what hes talking about and im not wrong and he also said salt is the worst thing for bettas and i have been using bettafix for about a month and my bettas are heatly no dieases so idk where you get your info from but i think your the one thats wrong Btw salt can also cause kidney problems as well. Just saying!!
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:52 AM   #9 
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When I used bettafix my betta became VERY sick!!! Epsom salt and AQ salt help with lots of things!!! All he needed was a water change and some Epsom salt and he was all better in a few days! Im NEVER using bettafix again!
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:52 AM   #10 
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Yes, if used long term it can cause kidney damage or failure, that's why there is a 10 day limit on aquarium salt. I never said I use it during every change, so I'm not sure where you got that from. I would like to see a written source of your information about salt being bad for bettas. If this person is a professional I'm sure he has articles or books or something. If you don't mind.
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