View Full Version : Synodontis Petricola and Aquarium Salt

03-07-2007, 07:03 PM
I heard in a post that petricola may be sensitive to salt. I can't find anything about this online. I added some in as directed on the box when I set up my tank since it will help with stress during cycling. I have stopped adding more in with partial water changes since I heard this. I am still cycling (slow since I was inpatient and kept adding in my hardier fish). When my tank is stable I want to add some petricola, should I be worried about that salt that is in there...or treating with salt in the future?

03-07-2007, 07:32 PM
I don't think the salt will be aproblem since they are in high pH water with some salt in it in the wild.

small fry
03-08-2007, 12:26 PM
Many catfish are more sensitive to salt than the average aquarium fish (http://www.e-aquarium.com.au/aquarium_fish.htm), but some salt is always a must. Stick to lower concentrations rather than using 10grams per litre and all should be fine.

Lady Hobbs
03-08-2007, 05:09 PM
Salt is not a must and most of us don't use it at all unless we have cichlids or saltwater fish and then it wouldn't be aquarium salt, anyway.

Lady Hobbs
03-08-2007, 05:13 PM

Read about the use of salt here.

03-12-2007, 09:09 AM
so buying aquarium salt was prolly a waste of money

Lady Hobbs
03-12-2007, 09:12 AM
I wouldn't use it with catfish for sure. Some species prefer a small amount of salt and as previously mentioned, live bearers but they do just as well without it.

Another problem with using salt is fish can adapt to it as they do to most things and if it is needed will be unbeneficial to them such as treating ICK.

This link has much about them including not to use salt.

03-12-2007, 02:09 PM
I agree with Hobbs. Using salt is entirely unneccesary and potentially even harmful if your fish are healthy. The only time to use it would be if you had a nitrite spike, ich, or another disease that weakened the fish.