my fish are suffering from ick. can i use rock salt for salt bath for my fish???i have few live plants in my tank.can i use aquarium salt in my tank directly??or it will affect my live plants???
Elevated temperature and aquarium salt will sometimes cure ich. If you decide to use salt in the aquarium, make sure it is aquarium salt or pure sodium chloride with no additives. Also dissolve the salt in water before adding it to the tank.
A salt dip will kill some of the ich on the fish, but it will have no effect on the ich eggs, which are deposited in the substrate. Eggs from the ich parasite hatch in a week or two and thus become vulnerable to treatment. Therefore, the treatment period usually lasts for about two weeks.
A commercially prepared medication is probably safer, because it specifies temperature, dose and any side effects. Be careful to select one that does not harm the nitrogen cycle bacteria.
If a commercial medication is not available, first change about 25 percent of the water, then start to gradually increase water temperature to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 C). Add a rounded tablespoon of salt for every five gallons (19 liters) of aquarium capacity.
After the treatment period, gradually reduce temperature and change 25 percent of the water.
okay but is this amount of salt harmful for my live plants???
Depends how much salt your adding and what type of plants you have. A .05% salinity most plants except delicate/fine stemmed ones can handle for a short period. Tough plants such as anubias can tolerate quite a bit more salt.
What type of plants and what type of fish?
some pygmy sword & few amazon sword.fish are molly,zebra danios, tiger barb & sword tail & one goldfish
The goldie should not be mixed in with the tropicals. What temp is the tank? High temps (86+f) needed to treat ich will harm him. Salt levels need to be at atleast .3% to treat ich in goldfish but I am not sure if your tropicals can handle this amount of salt. The swords can handle a low level of salt but may melt at higher levels.
thank u jik. temp of my tank is nearly 30 deg C.So i need to remove the Gold Fish.But what about my plants??will the salt affect them???plz help
30c (or 86f) really is too high for the goldie. But he will need to be very gradually acclimated back to a more normal temp or the temp change may have bad consequences.
How much salt have you added so far? Your salinity levels right now will determine if your plants will be ok or not. If they are high, you may need to remove them to a treated bucket/container of water with a light source.
till now i have not added any salt but my fishes are suffering from ick.so i am thinking to add some salt in my tank.but same time i afraid it will affect my pygmy sword.by the way i want to mention that my water is slightly hard.