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Old 08-02-2009, 08:05 AM   #1
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Adding SALT to a planted aquarium...


I'm looking into adding some "Forktail Blue Eyes" to my 29 gallon planted tank. I've read on a website that they require salt in their tank at the rate of 2 tablespoons per 10 gallons of water.

Would this much salt be safe for a planted aquarium?

Thanks for the help gang, you've saved me many times already!

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Old 08-02-2009, 04:00 PM   #2
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Salt is not good in a planted tank. There are some plants that would not be bothered by that much salt, but most of the usual plants would do a lot better without the salt.

Just out of curiosity, what is a "forktail blue eyes"?
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:14 PM   #3
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Forktail blue eyes are a "rainbow fish" (they are 1-2 inches and grouped with rainbows because of the region they are from, but are in their own group) that like very slight brackish conditions. I haven't seen any measurement on the exact salinity. If they are in water with a GH over 8, they likely will do well without any extra salt.

I haven't had Blue eyes, but do have lots of other rainbows and some recommend the addition of salt for them as well. I don't add any. I add the standard dry ferts (KNO3, KSO4, KH2PO4, MgSO4, CaSO4, chelated iron, and CSM+B) which keeps my GH around 13 and they are very happy.

Here are some articles on adding salt to a freshwater tank

http://badmanstropicalfish.com/article.html
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:22 PM   #4
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I've bredPseudomugil furcatus, forktailed rainbowfish, in soft/tap water no problems. Don't think they need any salt. Now, Marosatherina ladigesi, celebes rainbow, needs slightly alkaline conditions for breeding.

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Thanks for the great info, guys... looks like no salt will be going into the tank.

My tap water is rather 'hard', the pH fairly high, by the way... live near a river and just a few miles from the Puget Sound...
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