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> What type of salt do you use?
What type of salt do you use?
What kind of salt do you use in your tanks? Check all that apply
Aquarium salt [ 46 ] ** [26.59%]
sea salt [ 12 ] ** [6.94%]
cichlid salt [ 46 ] ** [26.59%]
epsom salt [ 13 ] ** [7.51%]
no salt [ 56 ] ** [32.37%]
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post Apr 25 2010, 08:32 AM
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Cichlid salt


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post Jul 19 2010, 03:27 AM
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I do not use any salt on my fish on a regular basis.
I do use salt to releive osmotic pressure (stress) on new arivals. It is slowly water changed out over a few weeks.
Having a lot of tanks and a lot of fish means that you have to save where you can, I use Premium Water Softening Salt, $6.99 for 20 kgs (44 lbs) Its a lot to have on ahnd for just a fewe tanks,but I know a lot of you here on this forum have more than
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Been using this product for 25 years, so I guess that's a good recomendation!

Cheers,Larry


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post Sep 20 2010, 12:38 AM
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I have heard about people using water softener salt but I was always worried about additives in it and then I saw this (link below) is 99.8% pure and the other one says it contains neither YPS nor iodine and is NSF certified. Are these OK to use? Is one better than the other?


North American Sure Soft Pool Salt 40lb Bag


Sure Soft Premium Water Softener Salt Pellets 40 lb. bag


Also, Just to let people know Eposm Salt is not salt its Magnesium sulfate, which as stated is a laxative.


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post Sep 22 2010, 03:21 PM
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i found what I was looking for if anybody else was interested.

Mortan White Crystal® Solar Salt is 99.5% pure, it even says on their website that its safe for aquariums and ponds.

http://www.mortonsalt.com/faqs/#q8
http://www.mortonsalt.com/products/waterso...stal-solar.html


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post Nov 25 2010, 11:07 PM
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I use 50/50 morton table salt with iodine & epsom salts @ a tablespoon per 10 gal double in breeder tanks ...


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post Feb 2 2011, 10:51 PM
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I use Rift Lake salt. What I would like to know is, Is there a away that you can measure the amount of salt that is currently in your tank other than keeping track of the ammount added during water changes? What I mean is, Can you use a hydrometer like what is used for salt tanks? Or will the little amount of salt that is added not have a enough of a measurable specific gravity to make the needle float on the hydrometer. Can you use a refactometer? If so, to what scale would the amount of salt be measured.


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post Mar 7 2011, 10:20 PM
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I think the most accurate would be a TDS meter.


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post Jun 28 2011, 02:50 PM
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Why are you guys adding salt to a fresh water tank?


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post Jun 28 2011, 04:52 PM
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Lotsofafricancichlids,
While it is a freshwater tank, the rift valley lakes that African cichlids come from have a pretty high amount of salt, I believe it is high enough to even be considered brackish water. I don't remember off hand the amounts (it varies by location and lake) because I don't use salt. Most would agree that salt is not required, especially since most of the fish we keep are tank born and raised. But, if you have wild caught fish then it may be a bit more necessary - or at least smart to slowly wean them down to "pure" freshwater.

I used to use some salt because my LFS advised it and said that it would help bring out the color and "natural" behavior. After about 4 months of using salt (seachem's rift lake salt) the only change was that one of my fish got sick (and then got better). I am in no way saying the salt caused the sickness - just that there was no color or behavior change.

I now only use salt as a mild treatment when necessary, which isn't that often.

Hope I helped.


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post Jun 28 2011, 08:34 PM
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Actually, from what I have read, the salt content of lake Malawi & Tangynika aren't as high as what was believed to be fact some years ago. Larry should be able to let us know, since he has dived there. I use it more as a disease preventative. If you someone does decide to start using it in their tanks it should either be (1) added during initial setup or (2) worked in with water changes. Don't expect to just, one day, decide that you are going to use salt in your tank and then add the full dose to what the manufacturer recommends. That will definitely make your fish sick.


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