Have You Ever Salted Your Freshwater Aquarium?
It’s a measure you should consider if you like your fish to be healthy. If fish could toast their keepers for any good deed, they would raise a fin to you when adding sodium chloride to their water.
Aquarium salt is what we’re talking about. It does not contain iodine like ordinary table salt. It does not contain trace minerals like that of sea salt.
Using aquarium salt in your freshwater tank can have a number of positive influences. At best, it is an inexpensive health care preventative, and one that does not harm the beneficial bacteria bed in your tank.
Adding Aquarium Salt Can:
Aid in the treatment or control many parasitic populations (including Ich) when added to the aquarium if used properly.
Enhance your fish’s ability to produce a protective slime coat. This is especially helpful if your fish are recovering from a bacterial infection or an injury, such as a torn fin.
Prevent intake of lethal nitrites during the nitrogen cycle when starting a new tank.
Lessen stress by aiding gill function. Fish kidneys are designed to excrete the water absorbed through the fish’s skin and gills. This is a big job and a constant one necessary for your fish’s survival. By adding aquarium salt to the water, the fish’s kidneys do less work, because the amount of water absorbed into the blood by way of gills is reduced.
When and How To Add Salt
Products like Nutrafin® Freshwater Aquarium Salt give usage instructions on their aquarium salt packages. Some hobbyists use aquarium salt only as a general tonic or preventative. Others use it in higher concentrations to treat for existing parasites. It can even be used to hatch brine shrimp eggs.
As An Illness Preventative
It is not necessary to add aquarium salt all the time, although some fish like Goldish and Livebearers benefit from maintaining a constant level of one tablespoon for 5 gallons of aquarium water. Aquarium salt should always be pre-dissolved in a container of water before being added to the aquarium.
The salt concentration in an aquarium increases with evaporation. Do not add aquarium salt when replacing water due to evaporation. When you are performing a water exchange on your aquarium, you can add more aquarium salt. Only add the amount of salt based on the amount of water you removed while syphoning with your Gravel Cleaner.
One teaspoon of Aquarium Salt to 1 ½ gallons of water.
Two teaspoons of Aquarium Salt to 3 gallons of water.
One Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt to 5 gallons of water.