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Old 02-06-2011, 08:54 PM   #1 
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To Salt or Not to Salt?

I've been reading some conflicting information about aquarium salt. Some people say only use it during fish illness. Others say use it after cleaning the tank as a disease preventative. Which is correct?
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:25 PM   #2 
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I would say just use it for diseases. Many experienced betta keepers on here say that the salt can cause the diseases to become more resistant. Too much aquarium salt has also been linked to kidney failure.
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:41 PM   #3 
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As turtle10 said, just use the salt for diseases.
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:24 AM   #4 
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You may use it regularly, like after water changes, but only if you have a 10 gallon tank or bigger, and never exceed 1 tbsp/10 gal, and do not do it more than once a week. That is only for regular use though, those numbers may increase for disease treatment.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:27 AM   #5 
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I use a pinch of salt after all my water changes. My bettas seem fine with it and have been going strong since i got them 3 months ago. a lil pinch wont hurt. I have talked to many people some of which have been using AQ salt for all there bettas and have had bettas live long and healthy lives of up to 3+ years, so all on perferance.
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:26 AM   #6 
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i stopped using salt when i switched to a planted aquarium. most aquarium plants cant live with salt. My betta, which ive had for 2 yrs in this planted 10 gallon aquarium has never had a disease yet! ^^
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:29 AM   #7 
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i stopped using salt when i switched to a planted aquarium. most aquarium plants cant live with salt. My betta, which ive had for 2 yrs in this planted 10 gallon aquarium has never had a disease yet! ^^
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:57 AM   #8 
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Clean water is a much safer preventitive for diseases and health issues. If you're taking good care of your tanks and their inhabitants, regular salt isn't necessary.
I would only use it for treating an illness..it's unnecessary to use it regularly and, from what I've researched, long term exposure can cause some issues for betta down the road.

If you're only adding 'a little pinch' it really isn't doing anything anyway...seems silly to waste it.

Just my 2 cents :)
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Clean water is a much safer preventitive for diseases and health issues. If you're taking good care of your tanks and their inhabitants, regular salt isn't necessary.
I would only use it for treating an illness..it's unnecessary to use it regularly and, from what I've researched, long term exposure can cause some issues for betta down the road.

If you're only adding 'a little pinch' it really isn't doing anything anyway...seems silly to waste it.

Just my 2 cents :)
I agree.
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Clean water is a much safer preventitive for diseases and health issues. If you're taking good care of your tanks and their inhabitants, regular salt isn't necessary.
I would only use it for treating an illness..it's unnecessary to use it regularly and, from what I've researched, long term exposure can cause some issues for betta down the road.

If you're only adding 'a little pinch' it really isn't doing anything anyway...seems silly to waste it.

Just my 2 cents :)

I agree also, couldn't have put it better myself.
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