'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
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