1) How quickly did this come on? Was it literally overnight?
2) Are antibiotics or medications available where you live? (They're available in some countries, but not others.)
3) What, specifically, is the salt that you have? For example, is it "evaporated sea salt," "sodium salt (iodized), "sodium salt (noniodized)," etc.
4) Does the salt list ingredients? If so, what are they? (Additives aren't always safe.)
4) If the salt is evaporated sea salt, or pure non-iodized sodium chloride, with no other additives
, then yes, you can use it. Do everything in my previous post, but change the procedure slightly to:
- Fill a storage jug with 1 gallon of water. Add 1 teaspoon evaporated sea salt. Add conditioner. Stir or shake until the salt is completely dissolved. Let it sit out overnight so that the temperature is the same as the tank temperature.
- Tomorrow (Monday) - Remove about 1 L of water from his bowl.... Add 1 L of new water.
- Wait at least 15 minutes. (More time is OK.) Remove about 1 L of water from his bowl.... Add 1 L of new water.
- Repeat the above step two more times. (This will give you a total of 4 partial water changes today.)
- Refill the storage jug with 1 gallon of water. Add 1 teaspoon evaporated sea salt. Add conditioner. Stir or shake until the salt is completely dissolved. Let it sit out overnight
- Repeat the above process every day for 10 days.
If there is anything except either "evaporated sea salt" or "sodium chloride (non-iodized)" on the list of ingredients, it may not be safe to use. If this is the case, look for either something that's more pure, or ask the fish store for "aquarium salt."
The sodium in these products all cause fluid retention. So if he starts to become bloated, constipated, or has problems with his buoyancy, let us know.
Also, you don't want to use this treatment for longer than about 10 days, since sodium causes stress on the kidneys.