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Old 04-20-2014, 02:24 PM   #1 
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Rittz: looking for the salt I dropped into the water .. he loves doing that haha. I'm still convinces he's a boy… I'm just not getting feminine vibes from the little guy, (or maybe I'm just in denial) . Anyway, I thought this was cute
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:04 PM   #2 
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It's adorable. But why are you dropping salt into his water?
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:13 PM   #3 
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I would be afraid of putting salt directly into the water. I was under the impression the salt could harm a fish if an undissolved piece touches them. I always dissolve it in a cup of aquarium water before adding to the tank
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Old 04-20-2014, 09:30 PM   #4 
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It can cause chemical burns :(
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He actually really likes it for some reason... I haven't seen any negative effects from it
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Old 04-20-2014, 11:51 PM   #6 
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If if doesn't melt and they lay on it, it can mess em up a little. Just be careful.
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:24 AM   #7 
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It is a really cute photo, but salt is really not good for them, especially long term. These are fresh-water fish, and the salt messes with their osmotic balances, which can, in turn, cause long-term organ and vascular damage.

What about letting him hunt for something else, like frozen blood worms? Even when they're thawed out, they still sink the way salt would, and that would allow him to "hunt" for them, AND benefit his diet! :) Win-win for everyone! :)
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Old 04-21-2014, 02:29 PM   #8 
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It's just a little bit of aquarium salt haha and I clean his tank every day, but the worms won't sink like the salt does, he actually chases it and tries to eat it haha, nothing else really entertains him as well but I'll keep looking
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Old 04-21-2014, 04:09 PM   #9 
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Have you tried frozen Daphnia? Defrost it before you put it in his tank and the little white specks float all over in the tank. My guy likes hunting it just be mindful of the amount you are putting in there a little bit goes a long way. I just cut a small slice off the cube.
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Old 04-22-2014, 03:16 PM   #10 
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The freeze-dried worms will float, but the *frozen* ones, thawed, will sink. I'd actually really LIKE them to float, lol! It makes it harder for my guys to find them because they sink so fast. :)

I had one guy who would only eat fresh food (I've still got a ton of boxes of various different fresh-frozen foods since he died), and I had to clear a space for him in his gravel so that he could find it easily. :)

You are right, a few grains of salt is NOT going to hurt him, lol, sorry, I was thinking in general terms/doses.
Your photo is completely adorable though! :)
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