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Salt in freshwater planted tank to be avoided?

Just wanted to confirm that salt is strictly to be avoided in a planted tank isnt it? These are the plants in the tank:

Amazon sword
Green cabomba
Green cryptocoryne (wendtii I think)
Wisteria
Banana
Ozelot sword
2 other types of low light stem plants, dont know the id

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There are Brackish water plants but what about the fish.
Salt water has salt, fresh water should not.
Since it really isn't any kind of drug, salt is not regulated by for example the FDA and therefor the shops make a high percent of profit from it.

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as Raymond pointed out, there are some plants and fish that prefer brackish conditions... which is, i think, around 1.005 SG, where as a typical reef aquarium is 1.025 SG.

why are you asking about salt though?


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I am asking because when my tank wasnt planted I could always use a small dose of salt temporarily if I felt I saw something fishy going on. E.g. one of my rummy nose has a small white growth on it since yesterday, all the other fish are fine. If my tank hadnt been planted I would have dosed a bit of salt+a general med I have for a couple days. With plants I dont have that option...

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plants would probably be fine with a small dose. toss some trimmings in another tank/bucket and give it a test


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I toss some in from time to time, if the tank is established it shouldn't be a problem.
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Cool, thanks. Mine is a well established tank with plants and fish thriving.

Testing in a separate container is a good idea. Looks like a pinch of salt will not do harm even in a planted tank. Anyways, my rummy nose looks better already today without any treatment other than a water change. I will just do added WCs this week and I think everything will be fine.

I've come to realize PWCs are one of a planted tank owners best friend .
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I add a small bit of salt to my tanks from time to time to help soften the water. use about a tbsp. per ten gal. and you want have any problems.
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