Just a few pellets probably won't hurt anything. I think the fish would produce more ammonia than the sunken pellets. If it were a lot of pellets sinking, you'd likely experience problems with debris and possible ammonia/nitrate spikes or an algae problem.
If possible, removing the pellets sooner rather than later would probably be best, but no, it should not cause a huge problem. The only big problem I've experienced with my blind boy letting pellets sink is the algae issue and then when I siphon the tank, the pellets disintegrate and its hard to get all the tiny little specs out.
However, I have noticed that New Life Spectrum pellets don't dissolve like other pellets do. I know they aren't as good at absorbing meds so maybe they don't break down as fast as others?
Okay thanks. I just wanted to know because every once in a while, my boy misses a pellet and I don't want to have to break out the siphon or stick my hands in and make a mess or stress him out by sticking stuff in there...
Some people use garlic juice but Seachem makes a product called Garlic Guard that's specifically meant for the purpose of soaking pellets. It is often used to improve the taste of food for picky eaters or for fish that are being fed medications because meds often make the food taste bad. I can't imaging you could use too much of it because New Life Spectrum pellets actually contain garlic. It might be easier just to purchase that type of food. The only downside is that if you ever have to feed meds, New Life Spectrum does not absorb well. For that reason, many people keep NLS and garlic guard on hand along with a more absorbable pellet type such as Omega One.
I just got my first half-moon from petsmart on Sunday, and he appears to be suffering from a bit of fin rot. just did a 100% change and am re-acclimating him to the water, but I'd like to do some salt treatments, it's only on his top fin and I reeeally don't want it to spread. I don't have aquarium salt on hand, could I use regular no-additive table salt until I get aquarium salt? I'm going to petsmart to see if they'll give it to me for free or discounted, because they sold me a sick fish (I closely examined him but I thought the slightly pink part was just his coloration, oops). If I return him they'll probably just let him die so I'd rather treat him than get a refund! He's too beautiful, and so special to me already! sorry if this has been answered, I was not able to find it..
Table salt is different than aquarium salt, never ever use kitchen products for your aquaria. :) Aquarium salt is pretty cheap, so I think you can pull it off.
Use 1 teaspoon per gallon, dissolved before carefully added into the tank. Also do a 100% everyday, I recommend to treat him in a small tank. What's the tank size?
For now, just keep the water extra clean.
This is why I always ask here! I thought table salt would've been ok but I guess not :) His normal home is a 2.5 gallon heated tank, I did a 100% water change this evening when I saw it was really finrot not just coloration. I let him float & get adjusted to the temp while the heater stabilized, now he's back in the 2.5 tank (minus all the plants and decorations, so I don't have to repeatedly wash them). I don't really have anything smaller, the 2.5 isn't too hard to manage, and he has it all to himself. He's swimming around fine, not acting lethargic or anything which is a good sign. I found a good article about salt treatments so I think I'm all set. Thanks!