4 years ago#1
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how much salt do i add to a 55 gallon tank?

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4 years ago#2
dkpate
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What are you using the salt for?

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4 years ago#3
johnarthur
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To start, don't use any salt in a freshwater tank. Instead of salt, focus on water quality and be sure you understand the basics of the nitrogen cycle.

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4 years ago#4
Debby
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I have a community fish tank that is 55 gallons. A couple of my fish are sick. My fish are tetras, skirts, hearts, playcos? ( bottom feeders). My skirt has a red sore( looks like it might be blood around the sore) that is protruding out his mouth. My heart has white spots (Ick) and is loosing its fins which are going white. I had a fruit tetra, which died after I salted the tank ( he might have been sick to start with). I have been putting Melofix and prema fix (I think that is the right spelling) to make them better, but nothing has fixed them yet until I added some salt. I have noticed since putting some salt in that the sore is getting smaller.

I would like to know how much salt do you add? And, how often you add the salt?

Any help would be very much appreciated, I have had my tank for 6 years and the water tests good, I clean it and water change every 2 weeks.

Thank you,
Debby

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4 years ago#5
dkpate
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Keep in mind that the plecos don't do well with salt, and tetras are VERY sensitive, most meds have specific doses for tetras.
The Pimafix and Melafix aren't working huh? Well, you could get some Kordon's Ich-Attack, which takes care of more than just ich. It tells you everything it takes care of on the bottle. Also, it's all natural like the Pima and Mela, and won't harm your biological filter.
I would keep the water super clean, changing 25-50% every week, or even twice a week, whatever the meds allow.
Did you remove the carbon from the filter when you were dosing the meds?
If you still want to use salt, it's 1 tsp per gallon, but I would half that because of the pleco, and make sure you dissolve it before you put it in. Keep in mind that salt does not evaporate, so you will have to manually remove it with water changes to get rid of it.

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4 years ago#6
Debby
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thank you for info will have to try

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5 months ago#7
Brett MF
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I have a 55g tank and I just added a green spotted puffer and I've put some salt in it about half a 16z bag. I don't if I need to change the water I have a tone of fresh water fish in there I've had them for about a mouth only one has died and that was last nights I think he just got sick I don't want my puffer to die or any other of my fish. Need to no some care tips. Thank you.

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5 months ago#8
Paul Roney
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Your green spotted puffer and your freshwater fish aren't compatible as puffers need to spend most of their lives on brackish water, and even up to full salt. They also tend to eat pretty much anything they can catch and having strong beaks they are capable of crushing even larger fish than themselves should they get the chance.

In order to get your puffer into brackish water or salt you need to raise the salinity of your water by no more than .002 with each weekly water change and can be monitored using a refractometer. If you rush this pocess not only will it have an ill effect on your gsp but it will throw your tank into a cyce because overloading with salt will kill of your nitrifying bacteria, hense why the change needs to be slow. I would also recommend a good quality sea salt such as red sea or similar.

The way you have just thrown half a bag of aquarium salt in isnt going to be ideal for your tank so I would advise a few larger water changes to get it out. If you want to keep all of our fish you'll need another tank but if you can't get one you'll have to consider rehoming either the puffer or the freshwater fish. Whilst gsps are great fish they can be difficult to keep as you'll be venturing into the word of salt and this can be a tricky and expensive side of the hobby. Alot more equipment will be needed.

Please feel free to ask should you require any more help.

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