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Table salt vs. aquarium salt...help please!

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Hey there!

So for QT, I know you can only use table salt if it doesn't contain any anti-caking agents.

I have some salt in my cabinet that contains an anti-caking agent called calcium silicate.

I WILL NOT ADD THIS FOR QT but I was wondering what it would do to the GF if it was put in (0.1%)

Thanks to all :D

P.s. (edit) -

I was wondering because the aquarium salt at my local Petsmart is $8 for a 65 oz. carton

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Honestly I do not know what it would do.

But you could buy Morton Pickling & Canning salt at Walmart. It costs less than $ 2 for a 5lb box http://www.foodservi.../NF1030998S.jpg

(the box design recently changed from all green to the one with the blue top. It's the same stuff, so either way is fine)

This salt is 100% pure salt without additives :)

Edited by Oerba Yun Fang

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Hey there!

So for QT, I know you can only use table salt if it doesn't contain any anti-caking agents.

I have some salt in my cabinet that contains an anti-caking agent called calcium silicate.

I WILL NOT ADD THIS FOR QT but I was wondering what it would do to the GF if it was put in (0.1%)

Thanks to all :D

P.s. (edit) -

I was wondering because the aquarium salt at my local Petsmart is $8 for a 65 oz. carton

It will stress then out and probably if left in too long kill them :( I just wouldn't recommended it for anything other than dinner lol;)

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Honestly I do not know what it would do.

But you could buy Morton Pickling & Canning salt at Walmart. It costs less than $ 2 for a 5lb box http://www.foodservi.../NF1030998S.jpg

(the box design recently changed from all green to the one with the blue top. It's the same stuff, so either way is fine)

This salt is 100% pure salt without additives :)

Thanks!

Could i find this at VONS? (its a grocery store)

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Yes you could probably find it at vons, or even walmart (:

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Yes, most grocery stores carry it :)

One thing though, if possible use a digital kitchen scale to weigh out this salt. Salt with a fine grain like this are more dense and heavy that aquarium salt. The 1tsp per 1 gallon translates actually to 1gram of salt per 1 liter of water.

Measuring it like this is much more accurate. So if you for example need to bring the salt in a 10 gallon tank to 0.1%, you need to add 38grams of salt (10 gallons are 38 liters of water).

If you do not have a digital kitchen scale, measure one LEVEL teaspoon or slightly less. Sort of like on the right in this picture http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/multimedia/multimedia_pub/images/multimedia_pub_fsf_31/P2120059v2.jpg

Even a slightly heaped teaspoon can actually be up to almost twice as much salt as you think you are using!

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There are other brands of additive-free canning salt, if you can't find Morton's. I got mine at a small grocery store, and all they had was Diamond Crystal brand. Grocery stores should have at least one type of canning salt.

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Yes, the salt must not contain any additives; only sea salt should be the only ingredient. Like Fang said, it is much better to weigh salt as teaspoons can be incredibly inaccurate as no one grain or salt rock weighs the same.

There are some very good articles on hear about using salt as well:

http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/60876-using-salt/

http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/94546-on-the-use-of-salt/

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