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|Danio's and Aquarium Salt|
Hi, I'm just posting a quick question, I'm wondering how danio's will take to a small amount of aquarium salt in the tank?
I know they are hardy as all sin, so it won't hurt them, but I'm wondering if anyone knows if they like it or not.
|Posted 17-Jan-2011 17:21|
I guess my question would be "Why?" would you put salt
in a freshwater aquarium? Most of our fish don't come
from an area that has any salt in their water, including
the farmed fish. Those few that are recommended, such
as mollies, are well known and documented.
Salt in a freshwater tank, decades ago used to be
a treatment for Ich, and that evolved into the practice
of putting some in to any tank to "prevent" Ich outbreaks.
What salt does, is it stress the fish's me
system causing it to create more mucus. The "idea"
was that if you caused the fish to increase its
mucus production, it would slough off any Ich parasites
before they could dig through the mucus coat and
It doesn't work and the increased stress on the fish, over
time, can be harmful.
-->>> The Confidence of Amateurs, is the Envy of Professionals <<<--
|Posted 17-Jan-2011 17:44|
Okay thank you for your reply (to this and the other two questions) I've always had a habit of using about a quarter the amount of salt recommended on the box for my guppies and swordtails. However I started to wonder about danio's and other fish, and seeing as the information on the fish profiles for the types of fish I asked about didn't say anything about salt, I figured I would ask. Thanks again.
|Posted 17-Jan-2011 20:19|
Small Fry with Ketchup
I keep both guppies and swords without salt in their water. If you have them in the same tank as other fish that should not have salt in their water (ie the danios you were asking about) I would recommend you slowly start reducing the amount of salt in the tank. Just stop adding it to the new water when you're doing your water changes.
Or move the guppies and swords to their own dedicated tank.
|Posted 18-Jan-2011 00:23|
I've always had about a quarter the recommended amount of salt in my tank for the "old fashioned" purpose of helping to prevent ich. However I do think I'll just stop using it, I've always found it funny that you put salt in a freshwater tank, though that is how I was taught to do it at home, so yeah. It's what I was raised doing, and what I continued doing...
|Posted 18-Jan-2011 19:07|
Small Fry with Ketchup
Yep and I heard castor oil was a good "old fashioned" way of staying healthy, pretty sure my great grandparents probably kept taking it because that's how they were raised. Unless you really like the taste of castor oil maybe you should start phasing out the "old fashioned way" .
A lot of things have changed, even in the past few years. Some good, some bad (can anyone say bio orbs !) it's always good to try and make sure what you're doing is really the best for the fish.
|Posted 19-Jan-2011 23:43|
Yup yup that is exactly why I'm here, trying to make sure I'm up to date with everything that works and is proven. I want my fish to be happy and healthy.
|Posted 20-Jan-2011 01:16|
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