Aquarium Forum
 


Menu
  · Tropical Fish Home
· Fish News
· Aquarium Forum
· Calculators
· Equipment reviews
· Free Aquarium Ebook
· Feedback
· Link to us
· Photo gallery
· Plant species
· Tropica Plant DB
Tropical fish species
· By Common name
· By Scientific name
Tropical Marine fish
· By Common name
· By Scientific name

_________________
  ...

Articles
  · African Cichlids
· Algae Control
· Aquarium Decoration
· Aquarium Resources
· Aquatic Plants
· Barb Fish
· Betta Fish
· Breeding Fish
· Catfish
· Central American Cichlids
· Cichlids
· Clownfish
· Corals
· Corydoras Catfish
· Discus Fish
· Dwarf Cichlids
· Fish Diseases
· Frogs and Turtles
· Goby Fish
· Goldfish
· Gourami
· Invertebrates
· Jellyfish
· Killiefish
· Lake Victoria Cichlids
· Livebearers
· Malawi Cichlids
· Marine Aquariums
· Marine Aquarium Fish
· Other Fish
· Pleco
· Predatory Fish
· Photography
· Pond Fish
· Responsible Fish Keeping
· Rainbow Fish
· Shark Fish
· South American Cichlids
· Tanganyika Cichlids
· Tetra Fish
· Tropical Fish Food

User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Salting water

  1. #1

    Question Salting water


    0 Not allowed!
    Hi everyone, I was sure that someone told me to salt the tank water every 3 months for my Betta fish but when I posted here ( in the wrong part of the forum) I was told not to salt his water unless he's sick.
    I need to get rid of the snails in my fish tank, I believe salt kills them? I have rescued any save-able snails and rehomed them ( lol, sorry it's the rescuer in me)...and now I just want to make certain there are no teeny weeny baby ones hiding that will give me further problems, again, I have NO idea how they got into Boomers new tank!

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    5,146

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Thank you for all the advice - Cliff   No Message - Aydreean   Thanks! Here's a shrimp for ya. - Flakes4Bait   Thank you!!! - harpua2002   Merry X-mass, and thanks for the help this past year - Cliff   
    Adoptee - Bone Cancer - Child Exploitation and Abuse - Hope and Support - Peace - Retinoblastoma - Right to Life - Student Sexual Assault - korith   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Salt will not get rid of your snails. No need to add salt to your tank. Two ways to get rid of snails, one is my physically removing them from the tank, the other is to add a chemical to the tank that will kill inverts. Most people will avoid adding chemicals.

    You can make snail traps, there are several posts on the forum already about how to make them. Many different ways to make one. One simple way is to take a small plastic container, and poke holes on the top and near the top of the sides, big enough for a snail to get in, but small enough to keep fish out. Put fish flakes or algae wafers into it, or any kind of leafy green, then put the top on the container and put it into the tank. Should be able to catch the majority of them in a few days. Then dispose of them however you wish.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Cambridge, GB
    Posts
    80

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    【ツ】 - korith   
    Arthritis - Child Abuse - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - Dystonia - Education - Free Speech - Interstitial Cystitis - ME/CFIDS - Reye's Syndrome - Save the Music - Teens Against Smoking - Victim's Rights - Water Quality - Sligg   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    By 'salting the tank' do you mean actually raising the salinity with marine salt or do you mean dosing 'aquarium salt'. There's quite a big difference. Either way I'm not sure that dosing every three months is going to have any real effect at all whether it's marine or aquarium. Raising the salinity with marine salt would probably kill the snails eventually if they're FW, but I'm not totally sure how tolerant a Betta would be in brackish conditions. It's probably not advised for long term for sure. At any rate it's really not going to be an effective way of removing the pest from your tank!

    There are a few really good stickies around the board on controlling pest snails and I'd really recommend starting off there.

    Sticky on salt, might have some answers for you; http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=31554
    Information on snails and prevention; http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquarium/snails.php

    I swear there was a whole sticky on controlling snails but I can't seem to find it and don't have the time to look as of this second.

    Hope this has been of at least a little help!

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    4,155

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Thanks for the clarification - Mith   A few clown for the fellow SW clowns. :D - ILuvMyGoldBarb   sorry about your angelfish - smaug   Many cultures donw through the ages have known that Ice cream is the perfect band-aid for all occasions. ~  Sorry for your loss. - 850R   Here's some Christmass Cheer, Happy Holidays Sheamurai - Cliff   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    You don't even need to use a trap. The trap is just to keep other tank inhabitants from eating your bait.

    I put zucchini in the tank for the bn pleco, and in five minutes its covered with snails. If I wanted to get rid of them, all I would have to do is take out the zucchini and wipe them off, and replace the zucchini. Repeat until they are gone...

    I certainly wouldn't dose the tank with ANYthing, as it does not sound like you are sure there are even snails in it, sounds like you are just being pre-emptive.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Europe
    Posts
    4,226

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Merry Christmas! - ~firefly~   Merry Christmas - mommy1   Merry Christmas! - Slaphppy7   For Your 33 Gallon. Happy Holidays! - Taurus   Happy New Year! - jeffs99dime   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Salt is in my mind highly debatable for healthy freshwater fish.

    As to the technique above. I put it in a net otherwise you lift it and everything drops of as soon as you break the waterline.

  6. #6

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Thank you all for your replies, I do like the Zuchinni idea very muchly. I might need to add malachite Green to the tank however because Boomer is sick, I believe this kills inverts, some are only like miniscule specs and there are sooooooooo many popping up I realsied I have hundreds of baby snails already that i could barely even see :(

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    5,146

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Thank you for all the advice - Cliff   No Message - Aydreean   Thanks! Here's a shrimp for ya. - Flakes4Bait   Thank you!!! - harpua2002   Merry X-mass, and thanks for the help this past year - Cliff   
    Adoptee - Bone Cancer - Child Exploitation and Abuse - Hope and Support - Peace - Retinoblastoma - Right to Life - Student Sexual Assault - korith   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Boomers G ma
    Thank you all for your replies, I do like the Zuchinni idea very muchly. I might need to add malachite Green to the tank however because Boomer is sick, I believe this kills inverts, some are only like miniscule specs and there are sooooooooo many popping up I realsied I have hundreds of baby snails already that i could barely even see :(
    If you use malachite green, it will stain the silicone in the tank.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Glen Arm. MD
    Posts
    2,634

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Happy Christmas - MuckyFish   thanks for advising on vegetables for my kribs! so here is a discus - ScottishFish   You help a lot - PhillipOrigami   For the bank account, and thx for the rep - Cliff   beautiful discus! - Crispy   

    Post


    0 Not allowed!
    First off, tank breed Betta's hardly need salt; also, if and whether salt is ever used, it MUST be aqurium salt - Marine salt will harm fresh water fish. Except for discus, I see no purpose for salt with standard tank breed fish.
    Knowledge is fun(damental)

    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

    For Fishless cycling:http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    A little further from sanity
    Posts
    9,317

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Thanks for the rep friend :) - Compass   Merry Christmas! - rebecca_finny   Thanks for the rep! - AmazonJoe   Happy Holidays. - gadget228   Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! - Plecos   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Here is a pretty good read about why you shouldn't use salt in a freshwater aquarium. http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-97842/
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
    Dear naps, sorry I hated you so much when I was a child... Love me

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •