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Adding salt with water changes

It is common parctice in this area for LFS workers to advise customers to add salt to the aquarium, usually 1 tablespoon of aquarium salt per five gallons. Is this practice advisable for planted tanks using tap water? I assume that the tap water already has some amount of salt dissolved in it.
I used softened tap water which is very soft and has pH about 7.6-7.8.
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You really need to measure the salt level for it to be accurate, but 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons is about a .10% salt level. I have found that this level is just fine with even the most fragile plants, fish, and invertebrates.

Be aware that adding salt to FW tanks can be a heated topic, I am sure someone will follow up saying I am crazy for thinking this. But my experience/results confirm it, for me anyways.
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