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Old 12-26-2012, 01:01 PM   #1 
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epsom salt question

I see a lot of conflicting stuff on the internet.

Some pages say epsom salt treatment is very stressful and should not be done long term.
Some pages say epsom salt hurts plants.
Some pages say a low dose bath in the display tank (1 tsp/gal) is safe.

Does anyone have any insight? I've also read that sometimes if the fish food gets too old that can contribute to constipation, and it is helpful to get fresh container of fish food.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:10 PM   #2 
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Are you sure they are talking about Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) and not Aquarium salt (sodium chloride).

That info sounds right regarding aquarium salt-but not for Epsom salt.

Epsom salt is a great plant fert and is safe to use long term IME.
Aquarium salt on the other hand-can be hard on some species of live plants and Bettas when used long term.

Fish food-over time and if stored incorrectly can go bad-IMO/E-it is best to toss and buy new/fresh food every 6-12 months
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:13 PM   #3 
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Thanks OFL... Yes, I've actually seen on the yahoo answers page that epsom salt is extremely stressful. I also have seen some horrible advice on there so its good to get confirmation.

The Betta is showing the "sinking" signs of swim bladder disorder. I think a change of food and some help with epsom salts should help.
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Old 12-26-2012, 01:24 PM   #4 
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NLS food is one of the only brands that can be used safely for OVER a year even when opened.

Make sure when you handle NLS food, you do so with dry hands/fingers.
  • Getting moisture into the fish food container or storing it near a source of sunlight will shorten it's shelf life, grow mold/mildew.
If your pellets are clumping together, dry your hands better.
  • Plain unflavored epsom salt is a good additive & staple to keep in the medicine cabinet, just don't overpay for it. $1/lb is a good price range.



What brand & type food are you feeding your betta? If it has SBD, use epsom & reduce feedings till it improves.
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