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Can Loaches Handle Salt?

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Last time I used salt with loaches they both died, granted they were the sickest fish that I have ever seen, so it may not have had anything to do with the salt....

But I want to add some salt to my tank. Whitie is floatie tonight, (maybe she is full of eggs again??!!) and I noticed some little white dots on her right tail fin. Not ick. They are hard to see because she is white, but I think it's a sort of fungus. It does not look really bad though, not even noticable to the casual observer. I do not want it to get out of hand. Can you say...paranoid!

So I want to use salt. But will that harm my Dojo/weather Loach??

Jessica

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Dont use salt with Dojos they are scaless fishes :( they cant handle the ammounts needed for ich :(

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I just read my salt level and it's about .37%. Not sure if this is the amount recommended for ich or not. I do have two weather loaches and the salt level has been around this level for a while now, and they both are very active fish. They don't seem sluggish or sick at all, and they have big appetites.

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Thanks guys. :)

Koko, it's not ich! I'm not sure what it is. Maybe a fungus?! Maybe I'll wait and look at it again tomorrow before doing anything.

Pelvis I wanted to slowly bring the salt concentration up to .3% yours is at .37% I wish I had a salinity tester.

Jessica

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I'm sorry this probably should have went in the disease forum. My apolgies. It is 12:40 am and I have the stupids!!! LOL I need to go to bed. ;)

Thanks for your help fellow loach owners. :D

Jessica

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.37% salt wow thats way too much! goldfish arent brackish water fish I recon. you might even be able to get a mild salty taste if you took a glass of water and added that much salt and drank the glass

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im not sure of the percentage but, ive used 1 tablespoon per gallon with my dojo for like 2 weeks! ive used melafix, pimafix, maracide, coppersafe, rid ich+ and parasite clear with him in the tank as well. i had no choice at the time. i never even saw him miss a beat with any of these treatments either!. i had to remove the salt before i added my cory though. and now ive been reading that corys are even able to handle close to the same levels. i havent tried yet though. i dont know if i want to either. i hope this helps you some, jess. :D

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.37% salt wow thats way too much! goldfish arent brackish water fish I recon. you might even be able to get a mild salty taste if you took a glass of water and added that much salt and drank the glass

00.37%, not 37%. Water does not taste salty. Goldfish, plecos, loaches, snails, african dward frogs have been in this for a long while now and all are healthy and active.

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.37% is the same as 0.37 isnt the ocean about 3% salt? this would be 1/8 as salty as the ocean. I remember dipping my finger in a large dolphin tank with 1% salt(could be less) and the water definetely had a salty taste but not as bad as the ocean. I am very supprised no fish/frogs died. I hear snails have the lowest tolerance to salt. it cant be .37%

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some people run up to a .9% solution in there tanks for 2 weeks or more. a .3 solution isnt really that much. most aquatic animals have the ability to adapt to different salinities and fluctuations in general water quality. otherwise, they wouldnt exist. you know, evolution.

if pelvis has healthy fish, frogs and snails, you really shouldnt question what hes keeping in his tank. just remember, "there are as many ways to keep animals as there are animal keepers." ;)

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I am very supprised no fish/frogs died. I hear snails have the lowest tolerance to salt. it cant be .37%

Me too. I thought it makes their shells go soft.

Jessica - I would use salt. I have in the past, even with corys at half dose to aid medication and they were all ok. It's not going to automatically kill him even at worst!! IMO put some salt in (min that will be efective) and watch the loach, be prepared to whip some water out if he looks not well.

:)

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It turns out the $100 electronic salt meter I'm using is complete garbage. My salt content is probably lower because I have a high GH reading on a test strip dip test.

I'll try the only other salt test product I know of, Pond Care's Liquid Salt test kit, and see what it shows.

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Thanks everyone ;o)

I haven't added salt yet. But when I do, I'll do just one tablespoon per 5 gals. And keep a bucket of unsalted tank water handy just in case, and gradually bring the salt concentration up.

Jessica

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good to read for me b4 i get my loaches...

Jess did u get the white fish?

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I am too scared to mess with salt. I had a bad dream oneday that someone suggest to add salt to cure my goldfishs ailments so I added just a little but the next day all my fish were dead and floating, their gills bloody red :scared

.9% salt? wow thats the salinity of brackish water! would this mean if you dropped a goldfish in brackish water it would live for a short time, like 2 weeks?

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Lovely goldfish, salt is a good general cure all. It is a lot safer to use than harsh meds, or any meds for that matter. So salt away, but bring the concentration up gradually.

*I was scared the first time I salted as well* ;)

Richy, no I didn't get the white fish, it is too far away from me :cry1

Jessica

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