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Old 11-20-2010, 09:28 AM   #1 
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Use of aquarium salt as preventative

I see a lot of pet stores keep salt in their community tanks at all times.

Should salt be added to a betta's aquarium weekly as a preventative measure? I think I might have read here that it might make them less tolerant to treatments in the future?
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Old 11-20-2010, 04:44 PM   #2 
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Old 11-20-2010, 05:13 PM   #3 
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Aquarium salt shouldnt be given with every water change. Only when the fish is sick because it does wear down the fish's immunity.

Think of it as chocolate and dogs. They can have a little with out it really messing with them but all the time or too much has ill effects on them. (and yes i know chocolate should not be given to dogs, this was just a example.)
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Old 11-20-2010, 05:20 PM   #4 
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personally, I say no, you shouldn't use aquarium salt as a preventative.

Bettas are fresh water fish, and exposure to aquarium salt for prolonged ammounts of time can lead to some organ failure. Also, by using it in the water, the bacteria and sicknesses that can get your fish sick can get used to the salt and actually become worse for your fish and harder to get rid of, so when you use aquarium salt to treat it, it'll be close to ineffective unless you use a bit more than suggested (which is again bad for your fish)
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