View Full Version : bristlenose and salt?

fascinated by fish
02-27-2009, 03:42 PM
Hi guys!
I have a bristlenose plec (v.small at the moment), and I've just added some "tonic salt" as I had some guppies die (got refunded - yay).
I was just wondering if the bristlenose would be ok with salt? I havent added much at all as I have 2 corys, and I know they are sensitive.

The tub said to add 1 tablespoon of salt for every 13 litres.....My tank is 70litres, so technically, I should have added a smidgen over 5 tablespoons of salt (I think)....but I only added 1.

I dont want to add anymore than that just yet - but I might add another tablespoon in a few days to a week so they get used to it in stages....but I wont be adding anymore than the additional spoon.

How much salt can bristlnoses tolerate?

Thanks :)

02-27-2009, 03:56 PM
Only add salt according to new water at water changes.

They can tolerate some, but it varies between individuals.

Based on the information shared here I don't think the tank needs salt.

02-27-2009, 04:43 PM
I agree with Fishguy!
Why are you adding salt to begin with?

fascinated by fish
02-27-2009, 05:48 PM
I was adding salt because I had some fish misteriously die, and I treated the water with a general tonic (incase there was anything contagious)...But Ive done some research, and it says that adding aquarium salt is good for treating most illnesses - and also for general conditioning use as it can reduce stress in alot of species.

Infact the salt pack said to add it when the water is treated with any interpet meds (taking into account what is already in the water of course).

Also, I know guppies and mollies, amongst others do quite well with a bit of aquarium/tonic salt....and I have a couple of mollies in the tank :)

I havent got any salt in any of my other tanks - but none of those have any mollies etc, nor have any of the fish been sick/died. I know the salt stays in the tank perminantly - unless the water is changed - so its only the NEW water that salt should be added to when the tank is cleaned, otherwise it all builds up.

I wasnt planning on adding salt each week on a perminant bases; I was just looking at trying to get the corys used to 1/2 the amount of salt that is recommended as Ive read that they can tolerate that much - basically, Im looking into trying to find a happy medium for corys and mollies....I just wondered about the bristlenose (who I think I might name "Brush") :)

02-27-2009, 06:06 PM
Salt is best reserved for cases of known illness. Guppies are freshwater and should be in hard freshwater. Dosing given on those salts is very high. I would just not add any more salt and not worry about it.

02-27-2009, 08:14 PM
Mollies can live in fresh, brackish, or even full salt water. However, they do not need salt to stay healthy, nor do any other FW species that aren't being treated for a disease.
Also consider the actual water volume (not estimated tank volume) when dosing any medication. Substrate and ornaments will significantly reduce the actual water volume in any tank. My 55 gallon African cichlid tank MAY have an actual water volume of 40 gallons (though I suspect it's actually a bit less), a fact clearly seen when I siphon out a 5 gallon bucket of water.