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Old 01-18-2013, 11:44 PM   #1 
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What is the rule of thumd!

What is the rule of thumd on Aquarium Salt, for betta's... I hear nothing over 10 days. And the back doesn't really say how long to leave it in for? or really what to do? So how long can I have it in there? For I don't hurt the little guy?
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:04 AM   #2 
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Aquarium Salt is used to treat an illness and is not for long term use. It can be harmful to fish without scales or ones with laberenth organs (like bettas) if you add it to their water for over 10 days. When treating an illness, you can treat the whole tank with the salt as long as a lone fish is in the tank or all fish in that tank have the disease. Sensative fish should be given half a full dose (unless they are completely intollerent in which case you must find another treatment). Salt should always be disolved in tank water before being added. When doing pwc (as you should do more of than normal if your fish is sick to keep his/her water extra clean) add a bit of salt to the fresh water to compensate for what was taken out. When the treatment period is up, don't add any more salt and do pwc every day to every other day and the fresh water will dilute the salt until it is gone. Don't forget to wring your Marimo Ball out to remove the salt it soaked up.
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OK, so I should add and then do a full water change? The betta was give to me and he had fin rot, and I treated it and it looks to be gone, but it just sames like he needs alittle bit more of a pick me up? So would it be ok to do?
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:18 AM   #4 
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I edited a bit hun so go back and read

Not a full water change. Salt raises pH and hardness, so you don't want to slingshot him back and forth. Add a half dose today and do a 20-50% pwc tomorrow and each day after. You can replace the salt comprable to the amount you take out in your pwc for up to 10 days if you like, but I don't think he would need that many treatments as he already looks healed.

What is tank temp btw?
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:21 AM   #5 
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Oh and could you tell me tank size, plants, tankmates, and so on. Honestly, if you do plently of pwc, keep him warm, and give him a good diet with enough space to swim, he should heal fine.
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Tank temp is 75-76...
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Tank temp is 75-76...
It works... but it's a tad low. Especially for a healing fish. It might be why he isn't as active as you'd like. They tend to stay still when they're chilly. Can you bring it up to 80? Or 78 at least?
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Well right now he is in a 1 gal tank, he came to me in and he is the only one...

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Ya, I could do that!
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It's gonna be hard to keep up the needed pwc on a tank that small. The minimum on a betta is 2.5gallons. A 1 gallon is gonna have some crazy high amonia spikes and no way to cycle. Do you have something else you can put him in?
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