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> Epsom Salt Dosing Question
post Mar 26 2013, 07:48 PM
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tfoster7189

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I saw in a sticky posted by Ardan that he treats bloat with Epsom Salt at a dosage rate of 2 Tbs/10 gallons. He staes that he does this for 2 days before trying something else.

My wife's Koi are in a 90 gal in the basement and 1 has an extremely swollen stomach. I just did a 20 gal water change, changed the filter media and dosed as recommended by Ardan.

My question is, should I do a significant waterchange before redosing or should I redose another time w/o a waterchange?

I am going to at least keep up the 20 gal waterchanges everyday for at least the next week or so to see if the health of the fish in the tank improves. I am pretty sure that poor water quality has brought this on do to the fact that the tank is in the basement. Out of sight, out of mind.


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post Mar 26 2013, 09:39 PM
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Really have no idea how much epsom salt koi might be able to handle in water, since I've never kept them. I know African cichlids can handle quite a bit, some frontosa keepers have added as much as two or three cups per 100 gallons to treat egg bound females. I have heard of people feeding epsom salt to koi by putting a crystal or two in a pea. As an alternative you might find this interesting, though I couldn't say what dosage would apply to koi.


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post Apr 1 2013, 08:53 PM
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How's the koi doing? Are the stomach area scales raised?


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post Apr 2 2013, 05:37 PM
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The koi are doing alot better. I went against the advice that was in the link that Neutrinoman provided and added salt anyway. I added 1Tbs/10 gallons. I also ended up placing heater in the tank with them to raise the water temp up to about 72 degrees with the thought that the cold water, 60 degrees, might be affecting their metabolism. I was only feeding them once per week due to the cold water, but my thought was that with the water being cold, that they might not be digesting the food at a fast enough rate, almost like being in a hibernation state. Seems to be working. All of thefish have slimmed down in the gut area and are looking and behaving normally now.


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post Apr 3 2013, 10:01 AM
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Glad they're doing better. icon_thumbsup.gif

Lot of people just dose it in the water with good results, but thought I'd pass that link along also.


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