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Old 12-08-2010, 03:38 AM   #1 
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aquarium salt emergency!!!

guys i just put 2 tablespoon aquarium salt on my 10 gal tank about 6 hours ago (dissolved in a little cup with hot water first). now i woke up in the middle of the night to check on the fhishes they all look like gasping for air. and i see red vertical stripe on each of their gills scales.

help plz what should i do?? i added too much salt?? i already take 1/10 of water and put in some freshwater.

and i heard they are called inflamed gills...and they need aq salt.... wth i dont get it.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:43 AM   #2 
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All Bettas or other species of fish too and why or what was going on to start that you needed the salt?

I would start making some back to back water change for now....
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:17 PM   #3 
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What type of fish are in the tank?? Water changes are the good idea!
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:28 PM   #4 
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Why did you put the aquarium salt in the first place? I agree with the posts above, start with some water changes.
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:56 PM   #5 
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... I read that a Tsp per gallon of salt was good for the fish...

... oh dear. I need to make a Phone Call.
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Old 12-08-2010, 04:10 PM   #6 
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Aquarium salt has a specific use, and that is as a healing agent when your fish has damaged fin tissue or another kind of open wound. Many tropical fish, including bettas, come from areas of the world where the water has a very low electrolyte (salt) content, so adding salt to the water unnecessarily means their organs have to work harder to purge the excess salt from their systems. This extra pressure will wear down the fish's organs over time, so it is not advised to use aquarium salt for more than about a week or so as a treatment. I believe the medicinal dosage is 1 tbsp per 5 gallons.

Bettas are a rather hardy fish, since they have been extensively bred in captivity and they have scales to protect them. Other tropical fish like scaleless catfish (cories, otos, plecos, etc) and neon tetras, for instance, do not tolerate salt at all.

I suspect in this case there is more going on than just the salt, perhaps whatever factor that prompted the OP to use the salt in the first place plus the fact that, perhaps, the OP dumped the salt in a bit too quickly caused this extreme reaction in the fish. Hopefully the water changes will help.

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Old 12-08-2010, 06:43 PM   #7 
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Aquarium salt has a specific use, and that is as a healing agent when your fish has damaged fin tissue or another kind of open wound. Many tropical fish, including bettas, come from areas of the world where the water has a very low electrolyte (salt) content, so adding salt to the water unnecessarily means their organs have to work harder to purge the excess salt from their systems. This extra pressure will wear down the fish's organs over time, so it is not advised to use aquarium salt for more than about a week or so as a treatment. I believe the medicinal dosage is 1 tbsp per 5 gallons.

Bettas are a rather hardy fish, since they have been extensively bred in captivity and they have scales to protect them. Other tropical fish like scaleless catfish (cories, otos, plecos, etc) and neon tetras, for instance, do not tolerate salt at all.

I suspect in this case there is more going on than just the salt, perhaps whatever factor that prompted the OP to use the salt in the first place plus the fact that, perhaps, the OP dumped the salt in a bit too quickly caused this extreme reaction in the fish. Hopefully the water changes will help.
well i have 1 battered bettas in the 10g tanks. (my intention to put aq salt is because of this battered betta) its a divided tanks... so they share water....
i just got home now, they look better... but still have white/red stripe on their gills.

so aq salt was unessesary?
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Old 12-08-2010, 07:12 PM   #8 
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How much and how often are your regular water changes and when was the last one, also what kind of additive do you use...red gill can be a sign of ammonia, chlorine, chloramine toxicity......

Aquarium salt is a good treatment but it is best done in QT so that water changes and dosage can be controlled

Good to hear they are better....
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How much and how often are your regular water changes and when was the last one, also what kind of additive do you use...red gill can be a sign of ammonia, chlorine, chloramine toxicity......

Aquarium salt is a good treatment but it is best done in QT so that water changes and dosage can be controlled

Good to hear they are better....

i use api betta water conditioner. 1/2 teaspoon per gallon (so i use 5 teaspoon for my 10 gal.
i do 100% water changes every saturday/sunday, 50% every wednesday (today)


to oldfishlady: what water conditioner you suggest for 10gal bettas?
-what other additive i need for my bettas? (i use water from my front yard hoes so i know i have to dechlorinate it)
-im thinking to buy api tap water conditioner after this bottle runs out.
-what else i need?
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Old 12-09-2010, 11:08 AM   #10 
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Prime by Seachem is a good one but so is the API brand I heard....Dechlorinater that covers-chlorine, chloriamine and heavy metals is the only chemical additive you need 99% of the time.

So, you don't have a filter on your 10g and how many fish are in it....100% weekly is a lot of work.......
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