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Adding Salt to Tank Slowly?

I am making a blackwater biotope and intend to have killifish. I currently have a trio of Fundulopanchax gardneri innidere in the tank that is doing well and I am soon adding a pair of Nothobranchius cardinalis.

The tank is unplanted, but filled with branchy manzanita. Tomorrow I will cover the bottom of the tank with tons of indian almond leaves.

What is the best way to add salt to the tank? Can it be just kosher rock salt (100% salt)? Should I add a few teaspoons a day until at the desired level for the Nothobranchius? Can too much salt cause issues for the Fundulopanchax gardneri?
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What is the best way to add salt to the tank? Can it be just kosher rock salt (100% salt)? Should I add a few teaspoons a day until at the desired level for the Nothobranchius? Can too much salt cause issues for the Fundulopanchax gardneri?
Salt before any fish !!! Fix your water first. You may be jumping the gun with the Fundulopanchax gardneri innidere already in there. In fact, I am sure you are. Too much salt causes issues just like too much of anything causes issues Guppy. Do your research on the fish and don't add two types of fish that require different salt levels. I like aquarium salt because it usually has added minerals that fish need in it.

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Salt before any fish !!! Fix your water first. You may be jumping the gun with the Fundulopanchax gardneri innidere already in there. In fact, I am sure you are. Too much salt causes issues just like too much of anything causes issues Guppy. Do your research on the fish and don't add two types of fish that require different salt levels. I like aquarium salt because it usually has added minerals that fish need in it.
The gardneri have been in there for two months. I probably won't salt it to anywhere near brackish, just enough to discourage velvet without hurting the gardneri.

I read 1/2tsp per gallon is sufficient for nothobranchius, so I might go a bit lower than that. It would be about 10-15 tsp of rock salt in 30 gallons of actual water.

Am I able to add this slowly over a period of a week or so?
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Am I able to add this slowly over a period of a week or so?
If that is all your adding, you can place it in sump all at once. No Problem. It will slowly dissolve and won't affect your fish. Also some java moss windelov would do well in there if you want a few plants. Take a picture if you get the chance. I would love to see it.

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If that is all your adding, you can place it in sump all at once. No Problem. It will slowly dissolve and won't affect your fish. Also some java moss windelov would do well in there if you want a few plants. Take a picture if you get the chance. I would love to see it.
I am thinking about going plantless except for a few floaters on top/ I really want to capture a blackwater look. The floaters are just to block light. The bright light on my tank has sucked the color out of my gardneri.

I have 50 indian almond leaves currently soaking and the water in the bag they're in is turning super dark brown. Now that I think of it, it may help fight velvet too because of its antibacterial properties.
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Mix small amount (about 1/3 of the total) of salt with water.
Pour the water in slowly, over several hours.
Repeat the next day, and the next.
By the end of 3 days the salt level has been raised to the correct level for the fish.

Whether this is a good level for both species is up to you to research.
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Mix small amount (about 1/3 of the total) of salt with water.
Pour the water in slowly, over several hours.
Repeat the next day, and the next.
By the end of 3 days the salt level has been raised to the correct level for the fish.

Whether this is a good level for both species is up to you to research.
I added 1/3 this morning and another 1/3 a few hours later. Somewhere between the salt and the IAL tannins, the male got a bit upset. I think it may be the tannins more than the salt, but he should be back to normal in a day or two. He's swimming around and accepting food but is swimming under the leaves throughout the tank. I didn't acclimate them to the blackwater too well, but luckily they're resilient.

The females are doing great and are active as ever, the two are actually fighting. One is trying to get the other away from the male, might be mating time or something.

I'll add the rest of the salt later on. I probably have 1/3 of it left to add, and I'm going to go more slowly now. I have about a week before the Nothos come.
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