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This video is all about aquarium salt for freshwater tanks and the benefits of it. I hope you all enjoy!
During the early days of marine aquaria, saltwater was collected at local beaches. Natural saltwater contains many unwanted organisms and pollutants. Aquarium literature of the time suggests that the most commonly kept marine fish were the , , small, and , , and . Aquariums were equipped with large , and were heavily and (primarily with , a norm for some time).
Marine fishkeeping is different from its counterpart because of the fundamental differences in the constitution of saltwater and the resulting differences in the adaptation of its inhabitants. A stable marine aquarium requires more equipment than freshwater systems, and generally requires more stringent water quality monitoring. The inhabitants of a marine aquarium are often difficult to acquire and are usually more expensive than freshwater aquarium inhabitants. However, the inhabitants of saltwater aquariums are usually much more spectacular than freshwater aquarium fish.
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The Marine Fish and Coral Blog about the Saltwater Aquarium Hobby
The practice of adding salt (a.k.a. Sodium Chloride, rock salt, table salt, solar salt, aquarium salt) to freshwater aquariums has been around almost as long as the hobby. There are several reasons why hobbyists add salt to the aquarium, stress reduction, medicating, adding hardness, and for fish commonly found in brackish water. It has become a common practice for employees of big box stores to tell all of their freshwater customers to add a teaspoon of salt per 10 gallons (38 l). This is not a practice most advanced hobbyist partake in, nor one recommended. Before you add salt to a freshwater aquarium, you should understand why you are doing so, and any possible side effects.A therapeutic amount (1 teaspoon per 10 gallons) of salt is sometimes added to the quarantine/hospital tank for fish that have damaged shin or lost a lot of scales. This small amount of salt will help the fish with osmoregulation by helping the fish maintain the salt level in it's blood while the fish's wound heals. Once the wound has healed, I recommended removing all the salt from the aquarium by doing a near 100% water change. Salt does not evaporate, so you must do a water change to remove it.The most important use of salt is for medicating freshwater fish for some types of ectoparasites (parasites on the outside of the fish). Some of the common parasites that are know to be killed by salt are ich (),, Anchorworms (). To kill these parasites with salt, you need to add a lot of salt, about 1½ cups of salt per 10 gallons (38 l) to the aquarium, not just a teaspoon per 10 gallons. The "Specific Gravity" measured with a standard marine aquarium hydrometer should be between 1.005 and 1.009 or 7 to 13 ppt. If treating for Anchorworms closer to 1.009 would be best. This level of salt needs to be maintained for at least 3 weeks. Not all freshwater fish can tolerate this much salt. Generally Central American cichlids and livebearers, African rift lake cichlids, and Koi can tolerate this much salt. Saltwater dips are also common for eradicating some external parasites. A saltwater dip with a specific gravity of 1.009 to 1.023 for 30 minutes to 2 hours is know to kill (skin flukes). When ever treating freshwater fish with salt, you should monitor the fish closely for excessive stress, and return the fish to freshwater when necessary. In many cases, treating external parasites with other types of medication may be safer for the species of fish you are trying to cure.As a general rule, salt should not be added to a freshwater aquarium. Salt is an effective medication provided the fish you are treating are salt tolerant. Salt should never be used in aquariums with live plants. Alterative medications should be used with fish that are not salt tolerant.