Originally Posted by Aluka
I recently added 2 new fishes to my sorority, which of course resulted on a bit of fin nipping as they get their pecking order establish. (they are doing fine now) I realized today that one of the injured betta has fin rot. So i quarantined her in a 1g bowl and dose her with 1 tsp of aquarium salt.
I was afraid that the other girls would have fin rot too, and quickly and without thinking about my plants added 4 tsp in my 10g, thinking i will slowly dilute it by doing water changes untill i am sure that my other girls dont have fin rot as well.
I have 6 ghost shrimp and some hornworts, java fern and java moss in the 10g. Do you guys think the salt would kill them? Should i do a water change now to dilute it some?
I suggest you pull out the shrimp and the plants, before adding aquarium salt, I'm not entirely sure if it is harmful for the shrimp but why risk it :) it is however bad for the plants. Keep them in a little container.
But I don't recommend salting the whole tank if there are no signs of rot, just keep the water as clean as you can, with regular water changes, you can also add an oak leaf or an indian almond leaf to promote healing and kill harmful bacteria, mind you they will tint the water brown a little.
Another optional addition is using Stress coat api, which helps fin healing, and acts like a conditioner too. And isn't too expensive.
Keep the temperature more on the low side, around 75-77F, higher temperatures promote bacterial growth.
I insist with the clean water, which is the best healer of all.