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Old 12-22-2013, 10:54 PM   #1
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can you put aquarium salt in with south american cichlids?

Can my south american cichlids have aquarium salt in the new tank I just got?
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I found this same question posted on this forum a few years back: http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...nk-163503.html
I believe the consensus was "not needed".

Interestingly, Seachem makes a salt specifically for South American cichlids: http://www.seachem.com/Products/prod...chlidSalt.html

I would wait and let the cichlid owners, especially SA, chime in on this.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:05 AM   #3
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Not needed. Clean water is all they need
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:13 AM   #4
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I add a little bit in all my tanks. It might not be needed but for me its just a little added measure of protection.
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I add a little bit in all my tanks. It might not be needed but for me its just a little added measure of protection.
Protection from what If I may ask?
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Ich mostly. I used to have problems with ich when I introduced new fish. Ever since I started dosing my tanks with salt I never have problems with Ich. I don't do it all the time just every few water changes I will add a little bit.

I know this is what quarantine tanks are for but with my family size I don't have room for one.
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No offense but a minimal amount of salt or even a higher amount for that matter will not prevent Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, you simply have gotten lucky on the last of your fish purchases. Salt alone will not kill the parasite...heat does. Here is a article I wrote for the forum regarding the lifecycle of ich.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/ich-ic...e-you-call-it/
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I doubt its luck because I am going on 5 years of this method. It has seemed to work and it makes sence because salt does kill off Ich. I do 1 Tablespoon per 5 gallons recommended to kill off Ich. I just don't do it ever water changes maybe every 3 or 4 WCs.

Salt kills of allot of bad things so if there is no harm why not.
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Salt isn't needed. The Seachem "salt" is not sodium and will not increase salinity. It contains trace elements. Again, not needed but some find use for it.

Salt doesn't actually kill, heat does.
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Salt doesn't actually kill, heat does.
I said the same thing in my post, it's luck you have not had another case plain and simple.
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I believe salt speeds the life cycle of ich but the heat kills it off. Unless you have super ich where salt and 89-90 degrees doesn't get rid of it, first and only time I've had ich in any of my tanks.
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I haven't had a case of ich in at least 20 years, and I don't use salt. The salt myth just keeps going around and around.
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I haven't had a case of ich in at least 20 years, and I don't use salt. The salt myth just keeps going around and around.
Much like the one where ich is always present in a aquarium...
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Ill say it again CLEAN WATER.
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I said the same thing in my post, it's luck you have not had another case plain and simple.
The Salt/heat method is proven to kill ich. Why add the salt if heat alone will kill ich? I am sorry I strongly disagree on this one. There are many many expierence people that use this method to kill ich.]

The heat speeds up the life cycle. the salt is what kills. Look at it this way what is salt used for outside of a tank. people used it to preserve meat and kill off bacteria and parasites.

Anyways no use going round and round. It works for me. use it dont use it doesnt matter to me.
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Ill say it again CLEAN WATER.
No kidding really.
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The Salt/heat method is proven to kill ich. Why add the salt if heat alone will kill ich? I am sorry I strongly disagree on this one. There are many many expierence people that use this method to kill ich.
The salt causes the parasite to go free swimming which allows the heat to kill it. I absolutely believe in heat/salt for treatment of ich. It does work, but it is not the salt that kills. Adding salt without an accompanying increase in heat will do nothing good.
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No kidding really.
Yes really....lol.
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The Salt/heat method is proven to kill ich. Why add the salt if heat alone will kill ich? I am sorry I strongly disagree on this one. There are many many expierence people that use this method to kill ich.]

The heat speeds up the life cycle. the salt is what kills. Look at it this way what is salt used for outside of a tank. people used it to preserve meat and kill off bacteria and parasites.

Anyways no use going round and round. It works for me. use it dont use it doesnt matter to me.
I'm sorry but your wrong with regards to salt killing the parasite, but your right there is no point going round and round around incorrect information. There is more than enough information currently if you look for it as to what salt does and doesn't do, including killing that particular parasite.
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I doubt its luck because I am going on 5 years of this method. It has seemed to work and it makes sence because salt does kill off Ich. I do 1 Tablespoon per 5 gallons recommended to kill off Ich. I just don't do it ever water changes maybe every 3 or 4 WCs.

Salt kills of allot of bad things so if there is no harm why not.
Hello Rivers...

A little standard aquarium salt is fine and if the dosage is minimal, most aquarium fish and plants are fine with it. I've been dosing a teaspoon in every 5 gallons of new, treated tap water for several years in my Livebearer and Corydoras tanks and I believe it improves the cleanliness of the tank water and stimulates the fishes' immune system. It also helps the fish cope with higher nitrogen levels if by chance you miss a weekly water change. I started using it when I introduced new fish, because of the calming affect it has on them and later found that most fish pathogens don't tolerate traces of salt in the water.

It's personal preference, but I continue to use it.

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