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non iodized table salt for freshwater aquarium?

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Can I use it? and how much for a 30 gallon freshwater planted?
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From what I have read salt is not good for a planted aquarium.

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a small amount is beneficial in preventing/treating diseases
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Company = red cross

Can I use it? and how much for a 30 gallon freshwater planted?
Hello evg...

Stick with standard aquarium salt, commercial canning salt or Kosher salt. The other kinds go through processing that can include additives potentially harmful to your fish.

I dose a little more than a teaspoon of the standard aquarium salt to every 5 gallons of my water change water. More than that, and your plants may not do quite as well.

Just a thought or two.

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Can I use it? and how much for a 30 gallon freshwater planted?
You don't state your reason for why you think you might need it.
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a small amount is beneficial in preventing/treating diseases
You should research that more thoroughly. Treat diseases. Salt will harm plants, no question about it.

It won't prevent a darn thing, however....
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Newer research is showing that low amounts of salt can actually encourage certain parasites. Doses high enough to kill the parasites will usually kill juvenile fish, and can cause kidney damage in the long term in adults.
http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.u...t.php?sid=4246


Heres an article containing useful information on the use of salt. http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.u...t.php?sid=2850
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Only if you're the one selling salt.
Far too many web sites, forums, and books (even too many new ones) repeat outdated and debunked information.

The use of salt in aquariums started a long time back when there were few cures for fish diseases. What was available were salts of various chemicals. Many of the treatments worked by introducing chemical salts at a level high enough to kill the parasite or bacteria, but not quite kill the host.

Just as we no longer treat syphilis with arsenic, there is no need to stress our plants or fish with near toxic treatments when there are better options. Researched and well documented options.
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