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Is Aquarium Salt ever used in a planted tank?

Is Aquarium Salt ever used in a planted tank or is the salt too toxic to plants?


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I dont.

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I use it,
Do your plants die or do you use like half the recommended amount,etc..?
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Using Aquarium Salt

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Absolutely. Standard aquarium salt used in small doses replaces minerals that are lost to the tank water being constantly filtered. A teaspoon or so added to every five gallons of new, treated tap water during the weekly water change will keep your aquatic plants healthy.

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Absolutely. Standard aquarium salt used in small doses replaces minerals that are lost to the tank water being constantly filtered. A teaspoon or so added to every five gallons of new, treated tap water during the weekly water change will keep your aquatic plants healthy.

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I muat disagree with this post.

Standard aquarium salt is sodium chloride. While it may help to add it to your water, most tap water contains ver little of this salt.

Most tap water gets it's hardness from calcium and magnesium salts. If you look at Tom Barr's GH booster, it's a mixture of several salts, none of which are Sodium chloride. See this link - ww.plantedtank.net/forums/11-fertilizers-water-parameters/247026-what-exactly-tom-barrs-gh-booster.html#post2556810 KH booster is mostly baking soda.

Filtration doesn't remove these salts in any significant way, so there is no need to replenish anything.

Personally I don't add standard aquarium salt. It's not need in my system. Othere might find some advantage for specific livestock.
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Is Aquarium Salt ever used in a planted tank or is the salt too toxic to plants?


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What purpose do you think salt should be used?
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Sodium chloride is not useful to plants.

Some fish seem to do better when there is a small amount of salt in the water, but if the GH and KH are right, then the salt is optional.

There is no need to add salt routinely, especially not to water you are using to top off the tank. Topping off implies that you are replacing water that has evaporated. Salt and minerals do not evaporate. They stay in the tank. The best way to replace evaporated water is to use reverse osmosis or distilled water. If you keep adding more salt to the tank with every top off the level can keep on climbing.
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Do your plants die or do you use like half the recommended amount,etc..?
Its been a while since i have added any salt to the tank, i believe it to be beneficial to the fish, although i am starting to add plants so i will probably half the dose to prevent any poisoning of the plants. Although there are people on this forum who probably know more about this than me.
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No definitely not.

Sodium can become toxic to plants at higher doses

Some people use it in fish only tanks to ward off potential diseases. This is because parasites and infections don't like salt and are weakened or killed by it. This is why petco uses salt in their tanks quite frequently - because they have terrible tank conditions and cleaning schedules so they artificially make the conditions a little less hospitable to infective agents.

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Its been a while since i have added any salt to the tank, i believe it to be beneficial to the fish, although i am starting to add plants so i will probably half the dose to prevent any poisoning of the plants. Although there are people on this forum who probably know more about this than me.
Adding a significant amount of plants is significantly more beneficial for fish.
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I have salt in the fish closet. Haven't added it in decades. Only fish it is truly beneficial to is mollies.

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I have salt in the fish closet. Haven't added it in decades. Only fish it is truly beneficial to is mollies.
While mollies do benefit from the addition of salt to the water, they are not the only species salt is good to use. There are quite a few other species that should have a certain of salt in the water. In addition to mollies, scats, monos, figure 8 puffers, archer fish, and bumblebee gobies all do best in brackish water.

Now that does bring up another point. Would you want to set up a planted tank with these fish? It would be a lot harder, but it could be done. Personally think that most people are better off choosing one or the other, either brackish water and keep the fish or FW and keep the plants.
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While mollies do benefit from the addition of salt to the water, they are not the only species salt is good to use. There are quite a few other species that should have a certain of salt in the water. In addition to mollies, scats, monos, figure 8 puffers, archer fish, and bumblebee gobies all do best in brackish water.

Now that does bring up another point. Would you want to set up a planted tank with these fish? It would be a lot harder, but it could be done. Personally think that most people are better off choosing one or the other, either brackish water and keep the fish or FW and keep the plants.
I'll cede that point. I've always considered the molly this side of a true brackish fish though. And that's how I've always kept and bred them. This side of brackish.

There are some plants like anubias that will do well in a brackish tank though.

one point though for a brackish tank you need to use marine salt not aquarium salt which is pretty much common table salt.

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