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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 Jun 30 2011, 03:17 PM
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wrslrchiclids

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Now that you mention it I remember reading something somewhere about the salt being lower than thought. Thanks for the correction.


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post Jul 1 2011, 10:05 AM
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Here is a Link that covers the chemical composition of the Rift lakes.

From this and other reports I've read, the actual salt (NaCl) content is relatively low, but there is a large amount of mineral salts.




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post Aug 12 2011, 10:01 AM
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I agree. From everything science based that I've read, the notion of the lakes having a lot of salt, meaning sodium chloride, or that they're nearly brackish is a common hobbyist misunderstanding of the fact that there are minerals in the water, also a confusion of salt in the common sense of sodium chloride with the broader meaning of mineral salts, which in the rift lakes involves the levels of calcium, magnesium and other elements present in varying levels in many freshwater lakes.

According to a simple definition mineral salts are inorganic elements that turn to ash when burned. It's a similar misunderstanding to someone hearing it said that an object in space has organic compounds and thinking this means evidence of biological activity, when organic simply means carbon containing. Carbon is one of the more common elements in the universe, and simple non-biological chemistry produces organic compounds all the time. It's actually a great leap between such relatively simple processes and anything biological.

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Here is a Link that covers the chemical composition of the Rift lakes.
Good link. Here's another where I saved some related information. One point is that some hydro-acoustic studies have been done in Lake Tanganyika specifically because it's salinity is considered low and another link in the thread accesses a graph showing the African great lakes salinity as basically the same as the US great lakes-- all of them classified as freshwater.


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post Oct 3 2011, 08:21 AM
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Aquarium Salt VS. Morton White Crystal Solar salt ~ Same salt, came out from same factory. Just look at MSDS and ask Morton about it.
1lbs aquarium salt VS 50 lbs for same price.

Therefore, I use Morton White Crystal Solar salt. Whoever use aquarium salt must not understanding the saving.


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post Jan 4 2012, 03:27 PM
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Tommy, That's the idea. $$$$ from uneducated or under educated new hobbyists.


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post Jan 5 2012, 10:40 AM
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QUOTE(tfoster7189 @ Jan 4 2012, 04:27 PM) *
Tommy, That's the idea. $$$$ from uneducated or under educated new hobbyists.



Gotta cut down the cost, since keeping African cichlid quite expensive.


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post Feb 16 2012, 09:58 PM
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Where are you guys buying the solar salt? I am one of those newbies.


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post Feb 21 2012, 02:25 PM
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Any grocery store, it came with 40 lbs bag for $5.99


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post Feb 23 2012, 01:00 PM
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i use epsom salt it totally controls any bloat issues before they happen. plus its great to have in the house for sprains or for soaking infections.


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post Feb 17 2013, 02:49 PM
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hmm i dont salt my tanks but use epsom for soaks for froggies if they are under the weather or if i buy an injured or sick one and try to save them as i always do. /bonks self

ive never used salt for an injury on a fish just melafix but might be worth trying some time. ive never heard of solar salt is it a us thing cause im in canada... will have to actively look for it next time im at the store!


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