can a salt kill?
I have a bolivian ram that had consistently been spitting out any food, so I tried treating with Jungle Labs Parasite Clear and for a day or two, he was eating a little bit. Unfortunately, he went back to spitting out all of his food before I'd finished the treatments. A helpful forum member then suggested that I try a salt bath as this might help if he does have parasites (I honestly have no idea what might be wrong but others reported success when they had the same problem and used that anti-parasite medication).
A formula of 28oz tank water to 2tbs was recommended, so I tried that this evening. The sick fish wasn't even in the water for a minute when he began floating on his side at the surface, gasping. I could stand to leave him in there for the recommended 5 minutes. Once he tried swimming downward, towards the bottom of the bucket, but looked as though he was swimming into a heavy stream. Put him back in his home tank and an hour or so later, he seems to be doing fine.
Can anybody tell me what happened? Does salt cause some type of oxygen problem? Suggestions on better ratios for the salt bath treatment or other treatment options would be great!