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Old 03-15-2014, 05:47 AM   #171
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oooh good call. Gosh I didn't even think of that. I'm not going to worry about it though because that would only increase the good buffer if she does have some in her tap already. 1tsp/10gal/40liters is such a negligible salt level anyway. But I will remember that next time!!

Yes like I said there's nothing wrong with your recommendation and it's better to be safe. I would also worry about nitrates in her case too. They may be harder to deal with than the average person.
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Eh, but her. 25 ammonia from tap will only turn into less than 1 ppm nitrate

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Old 03-15-2014, 06:45 AM   #173
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Eh, but her. 25 ammonia from tap will only turn into less than 1 ppm nitrate

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Old 03-15-2014, 09:43 AM   #174
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So can you guys check out this thread, I just made a salt recommendation...
Where, oh where, could my cycle be?

This girl has ammonia out of her tap while she tries to fish-in cycle and it seemed like an appropriate place to use the salt method.

I think she could go higher on the nitrites but I don't want to bring down too much forum fury.

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Sounds fine I thought. I've got to go and dig up how much salt is needed before it starts to damage plants (pretty sure it is more and those looked plastic I think). But in most cases I think the fish would come first.
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:35 AM   #175
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Sounds fine I thought. I've got to go and dig up how much salt is needed before it starts to damage plants (pretty sure it is more and those looked plastic I think). But in most cases I think the fish would come first.

I think the level of salt required to protect the fish from the nitrite wouldn't be enough to harm the plants.
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I think you are right. I thought it was lower but found:

http://www.aquarium-pond-answers.com...riums.html?m=1

Most freshwater plants can tolerate up to 1000 mg. per liter of sodium chloride and since a teaspoon is roughly 5500 mg. that equals one teaspoon per 5.5 liters of water or 1.45 gallons (one gallon = 3.785 liters). This is approximately 1 Tablespoon per 5 gallons.
Please keep in mind that this is the upper reach of many plants tolerance, so a lower amount would be better.
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Oh yeah we're fine then. I didn't think about the plant part so I'm glad you thought to look that up.
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I PMed Rak and invited him to come science with us, don't know if you guys have seen him around. But his posts indicate to me that he might be interested He seems to be a new guy.
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I PMed Rak and invited him to come science with us, don't know if you guys have seen him around. But his posts indicate to me that he might be interested He seems to be a new guy.

Yeh I saw him. Always good to have extra input.
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Oh yeah we're fine then. I didn't think about the plant part so I'm glad you thought to look that up.

I think so - might be a bit of suck and see, if the plants start to wilt that might indicate they aren't coping. Below is one I found from Rivercats for information.


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1/15th tsp per 10g to counteract 1ppm nitrite is what I remember. At this level it's also safe for plants. Just be sure to use aquarium salt.

Also test your tap water to see if there are nitrites present and if so how much there is in it.
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