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How salt tolerant are plants?

I'm setting up a tank to which I'll be adding marine salt. To what SG do you think I can get away with for most plants? Mainly mosses, mini papyrus, and water lillies.
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do you mind if i ask why you will be adding marine salt?
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I'm attempting to breed/keep some semi brackish fish. They do fine without salt but I'm just trying to give it my best shot. As far as I understand SG of 1.008-1.012 is the limit for most plants as that's pure brackish. I'm aiming for ~1.004-.008 though.
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well i added salt to my aquarium, i dont have specifics but. someone said my plants should be dead and they werent. im sure every species has a tolerant level. i had varieties of: cabomba, bacopa, ludwigia, cryptocorn, sword, rotala, and wisteria. the only things that didnt like it were the grasses.

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I use 1 tsp per 10 gal in my planted tanks. Not much, I know, but the plants don't mind a bit. The water looks like champagne an hour after dawn, the grass is a nuisance weed, the sword is 28" tall and 28" wide and nicely colored, the crypts are well colored and algae free...etc.

I'm sure there is a limit, but I don't know what it is. Of course, I've never done brackish.
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At the place I work at we run all of our freshwater tank, including our planted tanks at 1.003. Never had any issues with it. Salt is actually good in any tank as disease prevention, and as a stress reducer.
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Circulation, circulation, circulation

A pwrhead will reduce salt from settling on foliage and roots.
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Salt shouldn't ever precipitate out of solution....
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Hmm...alright then. I'm probably going to set this up at 1.004-6 SG. This is actually an outdoor tank so I'm certain the SG is going to swing up as the week goes on. Should be just fine... at 1.004-1.012 like that.
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i'd love to see some pix of u can.
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