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I thought it might be nice to have a thread where we can all discuss our observations during salt dips for our fish. When I did salt dips for Luca to deal with his mouth issue, I noticed some things... First Dip: He did really well. He did "faint", or tip over, quite a few times. But each time he would either right himself after a few seconds, or he would respond to minimal disturbance by righting himself. He was able to be left in the salt bath for a full 5 minutes with no problem. When returned to normal water, he seemed maybe slightly dazed and swam slowly or stayed in one place (not bottom-sitting) for a really short amount of time; 1 or 2 minutes tops. Then he resumed his normal activity level. There's a full video of his salt dip experience here: [i wanted this to show up as a clickable link, but it keeps embedding it! Sorry.] Second Dip: The next day, I did another salt dip at the exact same concentration. This time he tolerated it a little worse. He was still able to stay in the salt bath for the full 5 minutes, but he "fainted" more, and it took him much longer to right himself each time. When returned to normal water, he seemed slightly dazed and swam slowly or stayed in one place (not bottom-sitting) for less than 5 minutes. Then he resumed his normal activity level. Third Dip: Third and final salt dip at the same concentration. This time he tolerated it much worse. He "fainted" sooner, more often, and had a really hard time righting himself, even when disturbed. Eventually he started to seem more unresponsive after each "faint", and he also began looking like his mouth was stuck open (that was scary). So I took him out after only 3 minutes had passed. When returned to normal water, he seemed dazed and swam slowly or stayed in one place (not bottom-sitting) for about 5-7 minutes. Then he resumed his normal activity level. I wonder why Luca's tolerance to the salt dip diminished each day? I guess it was a stressful experience, and so with each new dip, he had a little less energy and ability to deal with it? I just thought it was a little strange because from reading other recent D&D threads, Luca's reaction seems slightly abnormal. I just wanted to hear from others who have done salt dips to see if their observations are similar or different. I assume that every fish is different and so there will probably be varied observations. But it would be nice to establish some sort of baseline for what is normal during and after a salt dip, especially for repeated dips.