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Old 05-22-2004, 08:02 PM   #1
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Saltwater dips for FW fish.

I need to know, Now.

I've already lost two bettas, and my 3rd is not looking good.

She has facial peeling and most likely a fungal infection, Will a salt dip help?

if so can I use my INstant Ocean salt or does it requrie a different salt?

And I think its one Tablespoon per cup of water, correct?


I posted this here because quite frankly, I'm out of time and this question has gone unnoticed in the less visited sick fish forum.
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Old 05-22-2004, 08:55 PM   #2
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No one can answer this question of what kind of salt should be used for a salt dip?!


My fish is going to die before tonight if I don't do something, Someone please... This is the last female betta in the tank... I've already lost two others... I can't loose her, shes the biggest and most beauiful.. I can't loose another betta today.
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Old 05-22-2004, 09:01 PM   #3
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Why not regular aquarium salt? However for a dip, I think the IO would work fine.
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If it's a fungal infection, then I don't think a salt dip will help it to much. Salt and fresh dips are more for parasitic infections. But if you are still going to give it a try than instant ocean salt will be fine. But, in my opinion a salt dip just might push her over the edge faster.
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I thought I read somewhere that salt was also good for fungal and swimbladder to.

I don't know what to do, I've lost 2 fish in 20 hours, I don't want to loose my third.

I've dosed the tank with MelaFix, and am desperate for some way to help her. I need something now, because this seems to be a very fast acting fungus, and medication will take to long to work
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Remember that adding regular salt can add to the osmotic pressure that your finny friend copes with daily. Fish have a hard time eliminating salt from their bodies. If it is parasites , Aquarium salt works faster. If not yopu are better using epsom
Epsom salt is not a chlorite and draws out liquid, which is why it eases the symptoms of dropsy and SB (as well as constipation)
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I don't have epsom, and this is just for a quick dip, not for adding to the main aquarium.
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If this is a true fungus (and not a bacterial infection) get some maroxy.

The main active ingredient in it is listed as "stable Chlorine Oxides".
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Just gave her a 3 minute saltdip in 4tsp of aquarium salt [ Forgot I had it until you mentioned it, All they ever said in the salt guides was " salt " and it was panicing me. ] to 1gal of water.


Hopefully its enough to atleast ease her through the night.


I can't loose my last girl in that tank..
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My last female betta in the tank died sometime between 5am an 9am this morning..

I've lost every one of my beautiful girls that was in that tank..
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My sympathy, William.
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