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    Angelfish and aquarium salt?

    Discussion in 'Angel Fish & Discus' started by weegotfish, Feb 29, 2008.

    1. weegotfish

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      Does anybody know whether or not angelfish can tolerate aquarium salt? I have a 29 gallon freshwater tank with about 6 tablespoons of aquarium salt. (1 tablespoon per 5 gallons) and I cannot keep angelfish alive in my tank for more than 20 days. I've successfully kept angelfish alive and healthy in the past without salt in my old aquarium, so I'm assuming the salt is the problem.

      So far I have tried to keep three angelfish. All of them were from different stores and were perfectly healthy. I find it very odd that they all died the same way too. They all seemed to be perfectly happy until one day they all of the sudden become weak and die within the blink of an eye. No visible sign of disease, water levels perfectly normal, plenty of oxygen, temperature perfect, all other fish are happy.

      What in the world is killing my favorite fish! Is it the salt, or could it be something else? Any help would be appreciated.
       
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      Sounds more like parisites instead of salt. why are you using the salt anyway?
       
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      I'm using the salt primarily for disease prevention (Ich in particular).

      If parasites are in fact killing my angel fish, wouldn't there be visible signs? I would certainly like to treat my tank if parasite infestation is even remotely possible. What product would be good?
       
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      Ditch the salt, angelfish naturally enjoy their tank temperatures at around 82 degree's or so, which is a natural prevention against ich in the first place.

      There are a million in one reasons the angelfish could be dying, but keeping salt in a tank on a consistent basis with non-brackish species is never a good idea.
       
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      You will be creating salt-resistant strains of ich. No reason to use salt and salt is not a miracle product that would prevent any disease there is. It's myth all over again.
       
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      I would sterilize the tank, start new and purchase Angels from a different dealer. Try to find a dealer (locally or online) that specializes in Angels.

      A few years back when I had a fish store there was some unknown disease that was killing Angels and your fish's symptoms sound very familiar.

      Good luck
       
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      i keep some kosher salt in my angel tank at all times.... never noticed my altums to not like it or cause any stress....
       
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      I only use salt when it is nessecary. Try it without.
       
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      I use salt with my Angels, but I also don't use as much as you do. I use about half of what the box suggests. 1 tablespoon per 10 gallon. Have you moved recently? I'm just asking because it could be your water. I was keeping Angels no problem just using neutral regulator in my water. When I moved to a different part of town, they all just started dying. Even though all the other fish were fine. It turned out to be the water.. I then started using equal part neutral regulator with discus buffer which I think gets my pH to about 6.8 or 6.9 and haven't had a problem since I started using the buffer.
       

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