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This page contains several Customer Comments and our Replies about using Aquarium Salt. Click here to go to the first page in the discussion of Aquarium Salt.

Customer Comments

can freshwater fish live in brackish water conditions?
Reply. First let me remind everybody that freshwater is the tap water that comes out of the faucet and this water has almost no salt dissolved in it.

Brackish Water is that same freshwater with about one tablespoon of Aquarium Salt added to each five gallons of the freshwater.

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Freshwater Fish are fish that naturally live their lives in freshwater without much salt in that water.

Brackish Water Fish are fish that naturally live in both freshwater and in the saltwater that occurs in the oceans.

Typical Brackish Water Fish live along the ocean shores near a freshwater river, and these Brackish Water Fish swim upstream into the freshwater, then back downstream to the saltwater in the ocean.

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Customer Comments

Hi, I just want to know what other kind of alternitive there is to commercial salt for freshwater. Can i use table salt and/or kosher coarse salt.? Thanks.
Reply. Hello. We strongly recommend that you use Aquarium Salt. It is inexpensive, widely available in stores that sell pet fish, and other types of salt may have additives that are detrimental to fish.

Customer Comments

I really enjoy your site, I just recently started a freshwater aquarium again after many years, mostly to house a baby turtle my wife found, but it's rapidly become a full blown hobby again.
My question is about adding salt. There is a collection of swordtails and platy's, and a Pleco catfish which can all tolerate the salt, according to your site, there is also a locally caught crayfish.
Can the crayfish handle these low concentrations of salt? and what happens to the existing bacteria in the bio filter? Do they adapt, or die off and get replaced by others? I'd appreciate your input on these not terribly important but curious to me questions.
Thank You for your time,
George S.
Reply. Hello George. Thank you for your complimentary comment and for your interesting questions.

You're right about your Swordtails, Platies, and Plecostomus. They can all tolerate Aquarium Salt, and I'm almost certain your Crayfish can tolerate salt too.

But there are many species of Crayfish, and I have only kept a few species. So I'll cautiously say your Crayfish will almost certainly tolerate Aquarium Salt.

I recommend that you put your Crayfish in a good clean bucket with say two gallons of aquarium water and add one teaspoon of Aquarium Salt.

Then watch the Crayfish for a while, and see how it reacts. If the Crayfish seems OK, put it back in your aquarium and add Aquarium Salt to bring the concentration up to one Tablespoon per each 5-gallons of aquarium water.

As mentioned above, many bacteria are affected negatively by salt, and this is why salt often helps fish recover from illnesses caused by bacteria.

I suspect that salt also has a negative affect on the beneficial bacteria that live in your aquarium's filter and perform the biological filtration that is essential.

But fortunately experience shows us that the affect of salt is not so much as to affect the bacteria enough to cause problems.

I don't know nearly as much about bacteria as I'd like to know. Surely there are many different species in your filter.

Some of the beneficial bacteria may be killed by the salt, some may be unaffected, and some may need a few days to adjust to the salt.

When you add the salt to your water, you will make a big change in the environment of the bacteria.

But enough of the bacteria survive and adjust to keep the biological filter working properly, and that is very important for the fish.

Undergravel Filters are present in many aquariums with sick fish. Fish in aquariums do not need gravel, but a thin layer of gravel is important in a fish bowl or pond without a filter.

You can avoid many fish problems in your aquarium by having a filter with a BIO-Wheel and being sure the layer of gravel is not more than 1/4" thick.

Click here for more information about filters with BIO-Wheels.

If you do have an Under Gravel Filter, be sure to gravel wash at least twice a week with a gravel cleaner. Click here for more information about cleaning gravel.


Customer Comments

Hi, I emailed you last week about aquarium salt. Thank you for the response and your time. I have one more question. I plan on doing bi-weekly water changes of 20 to 25%. How would you recommend replacing the salt? I have a 10-gallon tank and I was think of putting a tablespoon of salt in every second change. Does that sound good? Again, thanks for your time and I love your site.
Reply. Hello Mick. Yes your idea is just about right. You have a ten gallon aquarium.

It probably actually has 8 or 9 gallons of water. So 20% of the water is about 1.6 or 1.8 gallons.

Remove that amount twice a week, and you've removed 3.2 or 3.6 gallons. Do it three times, and you've removed 4.8 to 5.4 gallons.

Lets round it off to 5-gallons. So I would recommend that you add 1-Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt every third water change.

Better write that on a calendar to keep it straight.

Or you could add 1/3 of a Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt each time you change some water.

A teaspoon is 1/3 of a Tablespoon, so you would add a level teaspoon of Aquarium Salt each time you do a water change, and it's probably easier to remember a teaspoon of Aquarium Salt each time you change water, and so it will be a more reliable schedule for you.


Customer Comments

... you recommend larger Tetras as being suitable companions for Mollies and Platies. How can that be when aquarium salt is not needed for Tetras?
Thank you for the help
Reply. Hello Alison. Thank you for your good question. Mollies, Swordtails, and Bigger Tetras can live in water without Aquarium Salt or with up to one Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt per each five gallons of aquarium water.

In an aquarium that has only Livebearers such as Mollies, Platies, and Swordtails, I would keep about one Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt per each five gallons of water.

In an aquarium that has only the Bigger Tetras I would not put any Aquarium Salt, unless the fish showed Signs of Stress and Disease. Click here for more about these Signs.

But the Livebearers can also live without Aquarium Salt, and the Bigger Tetras can live with Aquarium Salt in their water.

In an aquarium with both Livebearers and Bigger Tetras, I would add one Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt to each five gallons of water.

Then I would make two 20% water changes a week for three weeks without adding more Aquarium Salt.

After the six partial water changes, almost all of the Aquarium Salt will be gone, and then I would add one Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt to each five gallons of water.

In this way the amount of Aquarium Salt will vary from almost none to the full dose over a period of about three weeks.

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