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Old 08-05-2004, 05:37 PM   #11
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if you have a fish only tank. i would just recommand to keep the salt level about 1.017 - 1.019, that way it could help reduce the risk for parasites infection ike infection on the fish, i keep my about 1.017 for my 60 gals and 1.018 on my 10 gals. and all my fish and live rocks are doing fine
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That's not healthy... you shouldn't keep fish at anything that far below NSW levels.
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Old 08-05-2004, 05:45 PM   #13
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i went to all my lfs, and they suggested me to keep it at that level and i see my fish really healthy and my lfs fish is really healthy too.
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Old 08-05-2004, 05:48 PM   #14
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It's detrimental to the normal physiology. Other than that, it's your call.
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Old 08-05-2004, 06:55 PM   #15
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It's detrimental to the normal physiology. Other than that, it's your call.
Agreed, it also does absolutely nothing for parasite control.

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I've heard that it does help with parasite control, that's why all the LFSs do it - they have less chance of selling you a fish that will die and they will have to replace out of their pocket. More importantly however, once fish are in your established tank, a higher number like 1.025+ will really help to draw the ammonia out of your fish which will keep them super healthy. Fish rely on the salt in the water to draw the ammonia out of their bodies.
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Old 08-07-2004, 10:56 AM   #17
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Call me cynical but I suspect the LFS does it to save on salt more than anything. In any case, a few weeks of hypo in an LFS isn't so bad, but permanent housing in low salinity is very bad. I think that was the point trying to be made.
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OK Atari, you're cynical - lol. That may be true in some cases, but my lfs, which I don't think would do it to save money, keeps theirs at 1.018. I think it MAY help with parasite control but is not good for the long term health of the fish. Per steve-s's advice, I keep mine at 1.024-1.025.
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I don't think Atari is cynical at all. I think there are many LFS that do this to save money. There are even more that are completely miguided by this belief. I can assure you, there is no way a SG that high will affect a parasite with any benefit.

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Dunno if this would work, but could limitup use a small dehumidifier to combat the problem of the salt depositions? - might be a lot quieter as the unit would be in the fishtank room (as the extractor idea was nixed!) just a thought!
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