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Old 06-25-2009, 10:31 PM   #1 
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Post How to give a salt bath

Salt Bath's are a very useful, holistic method to cure illness in sick fish. It works well on parasites, ulcers, fin rot and some other fungal and bacterial infections. There are times when stronger meds are needed such as anti fungals and antibiotics. Salt baths are also not good for all fish. It will burn the skin of scaleless fish, but our betta's have scales and are rather salt tolerant.

To administer a salt bath

Mix 1 teaspoon aquarium salt with 1 gallon of treated water (not tank water), make sure all of the salt is dissolved. You can then poor the gallon into smaller containers if you are treating multiple fish. The salt bath should be the same temperature as your tank, so your fish does not get shock form temperature difference as well as salt.

Scoop your fish into the salt bath and leave them in 5 minutes, unless the fish goes unconscious (rolls over on side and gill movement slows).

After the 5 minute period mix tank water into the bath to get 2/3 tank water, 1/3 bath. Leave them there for 10-15 minutes, ten return them to the tank.

You can do this safely 5 times a day for very sick fish. If you catch an illness early 1 treatment is often enough. Fin rot is a prime example here. at the first sign of rot, give the salt bath and add a small dose of bettafix to the tank as a booster and it is usually enough.

If disease has gone on a while the salt bath is not enough, but is always my starting point. It is far less stressful on fish than stronger medications. If a fish does not show improvement after 2 days worth of baths then it is time to look to stronger medication. If they look worse after the bath stronger meds are also needed. It is not a cure all but is a great starting and often ending point for treating your sick fish.

Do not give salt bath's to any scaleless fish such as catfish and loaches, as well as snails, snails really hate salt.

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Old 06-25-2009, 10:39 PM   #2 
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wonderful! thank you so much!
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:27 AM   #3 
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Definitely saved my fish! He looks so much better already neenjar. Thanks so very much for this advice :]
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Old 06-26-2009, 09:07 AM   #4 
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Glad to hear he is getting better Luchi!

The reason I prefer holistic approaches first is because the more stronger meds are used, the more resistant the parasites, bacteria, fungus etc. become to them.

I remember a day when maracyn was the end all cure all for anything bacterial, now it only treats mild to medium cases and ampicillin is required for heavy cases. Some day maracyn will be useless and ampicillin will be the mild to mid range do to bacterial eveolution that makes it resistant.

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Old 06-26-2009, 10:04 AM   #5 
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I have always used salt baths and I always add Aquarium Salt to my tanks(a little less then recommended). One thing to note is when giving a salt bath you have to sit there with the Betta and watch it. Some Betta's do not like the salt and will try to get away from it(jumping). My male tore his fins so I put him in there for a moment to make sure fin rot did not settle. He jumped up and hit the lid of my half gallon "sick" tank twice. I got him out of there qucikly

Still it is the best first step to take to combating fish illness. It is also the safest thing to do if you can't tell if something is wrong or not. The salt will not harm the fish and it is less expensive then medication
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:34 AM   #6 
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One thing to note is when giving a salt bath you have to sit there with the Betta and watch it.
Agreed, the entire bath process with any fish should be observed, either for them trying to escape it or going unconscious. Thank you for mentioning that. I was half asleep when I wrote the how to last night.
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:59 AM   #7 
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Thanks, I'm gonna do a salt bath on Merlin and Fishy sometime soon.
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:33 PM   #8 
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Thanks for that post!! I hope it helps Morado. He has no problem with the bath,just swims around,then rests for a bit. No freaking out so all good.
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I hope it helps Morado too.
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My fish Hypolita is very ill, I think i'll try a Salt bath too. Along with her medication.
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