Table Salt Is A Useful Remedy For Freshwater Fish Disease Prevention And Treatment, But Is Not Recommended For Fish That Require Brackish Water Conditions: Aquarium
Ordinary table salt is a useful remedy for the prevention and treatment of several freshwater fish diseases. It helps in healing injuries, promotes the formation of the mucous coating, improves gill function, reduces nitrite, decreases osmotic stress, and is effective against some external parasites. Salt is not recommended for fish that require brackish (partially salinated) water conditions. Scaleless fish species do not have the added barrier that scales provide. Thus, they cannot tolerate much salt. Salt use in aquariums should be no more than 1 level per gallon. Common table salt may be suitable. However, it should be non-iodized and contain no additives. Rock salt or Kosher salt are excellent choices. They are pure sodium chloride with nothing else added. Water conditioner salt, sold in 50 pound bags, is good to use in ponds. It should not contain prussic acid or other additives. A bath is ideal when treating an entire tank of salt. Place five to ten level Tablespoons of salt in a clean bucket, then slowly add one gallon of water from the aquarium, while swirling the bucket to dissolve the salt. Once the salt is completely dissolved, place the fish in this bowl for five to 30 minutes. . . .