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Old 01-03-2011, 04:58 PM   #1 
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Salt for a beta tank?

Hi, all. I've seen a lot of posts about adding salt to a beta tank. When would I need to use salt in my beta tank? How much? What kind (epson salt ok?)? Thanks in advance for any info provided!
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Both aquarium salt (Sodium chloride) and Epsom salt (Magnesium sulfate) are great products to use short term for treatment-when used in the correct dosage and duration for the right reason.

Many, many years ago we used sodium chloride in our aquariums long term before we new better and before new research and science gave us better ways to keep tropical fish in the home aquarium-with better understanding of effect of water quality, filtration, science of water and interactions on our fish....it is no longer needed or recommended long term in some species of fish.
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:34 PM   #3 
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Hi, all. I've seen a lot of posts about adding salt to a beta tank. When would I need to use salt in my beta tank? How much? What kind (epson salt ok?)? Thanks in advance for any info provided!
You only need to use salt if your betta isn't well. Has finrot, bloat, things like that. The different salts help fix different things. There's Aquarium Salt and Epsom Salt. Don't use any salts until your sure something's wrong with your betta :) Also, don't use either kind for more than 10 days. (thats what I've heard)
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Thanks for the quick replies! My betta has a spot on the top of his head where it lloks like the scales may have rubbed off. He's otherwise very healthy, active and eating well. Might this be a case for salt to help heal the wound? If so, how much in a 2.5 gallon, no filter, heated, planted tank? Thanks!
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Treatment is best done in a small QT-especially salt and plants since some plants tend to be sensitive to salt-use a small container that can be floated in the heated tank (attached so it doesn't sink) and use aquarium salt 1tsp/gal along with 100% daily water changes for 10 days, however, with minor wound and asymptomatic or otherwise acting and eating normal....fresh clean dechlorinated water from frequent 50% water changes maybe all that is needed to prevent secondary infection and promote healing....it can take several days to a week to see improvement.
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