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Old 05-20-2011, 08:03 PM   #11
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I once got a free ghost shrimp (on accident and didn't notice til I got home) when I purchased a fish for my cichlid tank. I ended up putting it in with my betta and he disappeared within a few hours. So either my betta or snail ate him. But yes, I do suggest snails. Mine is pretty cool.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:14 PM   #12
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Why are you using salt in the water? You should never add salt with your betta unless you are treating infection like ich or velvet. Once the salt has been in the water for more than 11 days it starts causing organ damage.

Most effecient algae eating fish need a minimum of 20 gallons. Algae eaters typically have large bio-loads (poop too much for a small tank) and need plenty of algae to keep them alive, which is why they aren't well suited to a 10 gal. For smaller tanks shrimp like amano and RCS are great, and nerite snails are fantastic. They do an excellent job on fine details like decor and plants, as well as clearing the glass
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I just got 10 ghost shrimp, i love them so far, as for the salt i read that its safe for all fish with scales
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Most of the fish we keep have scales, even fish like cories that are often referred to as scaleless do have scales, they are just very small. Fish like cories can have a hard time with salt treatments, yes, but all freshwater fish suffer organ damage from prolonged exposure to salt. Whatever benefit you feel it is adding, I asure you it is not. Quite the opposite, it will only cause you problems. I highly recommend you completely eliminate the salt until when/if you need to treat an infection. That is aquariums salts only purpose in a freshwater tank. If you doubt this, I encourage you to start a thread on salt and get more opinions on this forum.
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Most of the fish we keep have scales, even fish like cories that are often referred to as scaleless do have scales, they are just very small. Fish like cories can have a hard time with salt treatments, yes, but all freshwater fish suffer organ damage from prolonged exposure to salt. Whatever benefit you feel it is adding, I asure you it is not. Quite the opposite, it will only cause you problems. I highly recommend you completely eliminate the salt until when/if you need to treat an infection. That is aquariums salts only purpose in a freshwater tank. If you doubt this, I encourage you to start a thread on salt and get more opinions on this forum.
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Salt is a common recommendation at LFS, because it's an expendable product and carries a good profit margin. Carbon fits in that same catagory. I keep it around to recharge some chem pouches I use on occasion. Other than that and med treatment in a QT, it never enters any of my tanks. Even my brackish tank uses Instant Ocean and not aqua salt.
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I highly recommend you completely eliminate the salt until when/if you need to treat an infection.
This is very true.
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Thank you, ill keep it on hand, but ill stop adding it during pwc, will my ghost shrimp survive without it? Ive read that they like the salt
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I have ghost shrimp that are just about a year old and have never added salt. They should be just fine
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I once got a free ghost shrimp (on accident and didn't notice til I got home) when I purchased a fish for my cichlid tank. I ended up putting it in with my betta and he disappeared within a few hours. So either my betta or snail ate him. But yes, I do suggest snails. Mine is pretty cool.
I kept a pretty large ghost shrimp with a betta and he was in there for probably months and the betta didn't bother him. Except once, it was funny, I dropped an algae wafer in the tank for the shrimp who grabbed it, and the betta swam towards him with the shrimp walking backwards away from the fish, holding the pellet in his claws. BUt then the fish left him alone. But weeks later went looking for the shrimp and never did find him. Since the betta was the only other fish in that tank, I assume he ate it, unless the shrimp somehow escaped and my dogs ended up with scampi!
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Most effecient algae eating fish need a minimum of 20 gallons. Algae eaters typically have large bio-loads (poop too much for a small tank) and need plenty of algae to keep them alive, which is why they aren't well suited to a 10 gal. For smaller tanks shrimp like amano and RCS are great, and nerite snails are fantastic. They do an excellent job on fine details like decor and plants, as well as clearing the glass
You aren't kidding about the poop! I can't believe, even though I gravel vac every week, my 23 gal tank with the two BN's is always full of poo when I clean it. I watch TONS of it being sucked up the vac. Can't afford to miss a week in that tank!
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