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Old 12-18-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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Molly Tank w salt. How Much Salt Can Plants Take


Newbie here to the forums but long time aquarium keeper. Just converted my 65 high into a planted molly tank. Ive had the fish for a while and have kept them in water with a little aquarium salt around a tablespoon per five gallons i dont know the specific gravity. I purchesed some crypts and amazon swords and transplanted some java ferns from another tank. Eco complete substrate and CO2 in the works. My question is how tolerent are most plants of a little salt? Are some more tolerent than others? My goal is to have a heavily planted tank. I am running a 2 bulb compact flourescent 10000k fixture which i will eventually go with 6700k bulbs. Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:28 PM   #2
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Aquarium salt is different than sea salt and I don't think aquarium salt even gives a specific gravity like sea salt does. You are probably fine without the aquarium salt as it's not creating a "salt" or "brakish water". Mollies can live in full sea salt water or fresh water but the aquarium salt doesn't make your tank "salt water".
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Newbie here to the forums but long time aquarium keeper. Just converted my 65 high into a planted molly tank. Ive had the fish for a while and have kept them in water with a little aquarium salt around a tablespoon per five gallons i dont know the specific gravity. I purchesed some crypts and amazon swords and transplanted some java ferns from another tank. Eco complete substrate and CO2 in the works. My question is how tolerent are most plants of a little salt? Are some more tolerent than others? My goal is to have a heavily planted tank. I am running a 2 bulb compact flourescent 10000k fixture which i will eventually go with 6700k bulbs. Any advice is appreciated.
Hello Al C...

I've used a little standard aquarium salt in my planted Guppy and Corydoras tanks for about 10 years. I don't use more than a teaspoon (US) per 5 gallons of new water and my fish and plants do very well. IMO, a tablespoon (3 teaspoons), for every 5 gallons of new water is pushing the limit for your plants.

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