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Salt Treatment for Goldfish

Salt Treatment for Goldfish

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If used properly, salt can kill a number of parasites, viruses and bacteria infections which occasionally affect goldfish. Never combine salt with any medications; use before or after medicating. Unfortunately, salt is seriously abused in the goldfish industry, leaving goldfish and bacteria that are immune to what is otherwise one of the cheapest and most effective treatments of several common infections. This is one reason to not over use the substance, but another; continued use will cause internal damage to goldfish, being a fresh water fish.  Read about Salting Our Fish

Do not use salt on bloated fish or fish with raised scales; fish that have recently been salted or medicated. Use for parasite infection or bad bacteria infection; nitrite or nitrate poisoning

Have you recently medicated your goldfish tank?

Symptoms: Flashing or rubbing itself against objects in the tank; Swimming sporadically or darting; Fungus present on mouth or body; Ragged or torn fins; Missing scales; Visual parasites on body or fins; Visual sores; Hole in head, sores or ulcers

1st Day treatment: Perform a 40% partial water change; premix ingredients before adding to main tank
Using an empty (free of contaminants) bucket, proportionately sized; match the amount or percentage of old tank water you are going to remove with your freshwater source; match reading of tank or room temperature not to exceed 75 degrees: Add water treatment that removes ammonia, chlorine and chloramines; following instructions add proportionately by premixing in fresh water before adding to main tank; Use enough water treatment for the entire size of tank

If water treatment is not available at this time, continue with water change, but as soon as possible obtain the product and add by diluting in one gallon of your tank's water before adding to tank; Pour slowly and all around tank; If there is no water treatment available allow tap water to sit for 24 hours before performing your next water change

This treatment works best in higher temperatures; this is because parasites and harmful bacteria are more active. If your tank temperature falls in the low range for goldfish (65 minimum degrees) raise the temperature by 3 degrees with each daily treatment and prescribed water change; 75 degrees recommended, but only if your tank is cycled. If your tank isn't cycled, do not raise temperatures, but do continue with treatment. Toxins are more dangerous in higher water temperatures

Wens on certain types of goldfish, such as ranchus or orandas, provide the perfect hiding spot for parasites. If after completing a  second round of the treatment infection persists; try cutting back or removing the wen before treatment again
Wen Trim or Removal

 Dissolving Salt Please read before proceeding

Note: Epsom salts, baking soda and MelaFix are used only on first day of treatment; exclude these ingredients treatments #2 thru #5

Add Salt: 1 tablespoon (14.8 mL)  per 10 gallons of tank size (37.9 ltrs)
Use aquarium salt or sea salt
Epsom salts: 1 tablespoon (14.8 mL)  per 10 gallons of tank size (37.9 ltrs) Use one time only during treatment
Baking soda: 1/8 teaspoon (1.3 mL) per 10 gallons of tank size (37.9 ltrs) Use one time only during treatment and only if your pH and KH levels are in the comfort zone; 7 to 8
MelaFix: (aquarium strength)1 teaspoon (4.9 mL) per 10 gallons of tank size (37.9 ltrs)
Combine salts into 1/4 cup warm water to dissolve; mix thoroughly and dilute MelaFix in fresh water bucket; Gently remove 40% of the old water from your main tank and replace with prepared freshwater gradually, adding 10% of freshwater every 30 minutes

Feed the following gel food recipe for the duration of treatment; Gel Food Recipe with natural antibiotics
Gel food with Natural Antibiotics

2nd Day treatment:
Perform 20 % partial water change using directions in step 1
Add Salt (only): 1 tablespoon (14.8 mL) per 10 gallons (37.9 ltrs) of tank size to prepared fresh water tub
Combine salt into 1/4 cup warm water to dissolve; mix thoroughly and dilute in fresh water bucket; Gently remove 20% of the old tank water from your main tank and replace with prepared freshwater gradually

3rd Day treatment:
Perform 20 % partial water change using directions in step 1
Add Salt (only): 1 tablespoon (14.8 mL) per 10 gallons (37.9 ltrs) of tank size to prepared fresh water tub
Combine salt into 1/4 cup warm water to dissolve; mix thoroughly and dilute in fresh water bucket; Gently remove 20% of the old tank water from your main tank and replace with prepared freshwater gradually

4th Day treatment:
Perform 20 % partial water change using directions in step 1
Add Salt (only): 1 tablespoon (14.8 mL) per 10 gallons (37.9 ltrs) of tank size to prepared fresh water tub
Combine salt into 1/4 cup warm water to dissolve; mix thoroughly and dilute in fresh water bucket; Gently remove 20% of the old tank water from your main tank and replace with prepared freshwater gradually

5th Day treatment:
Perform 20 % partial water change using directions in step 1
Add Salt (only): 1 tablespoon (14.8 mL) per 10 gallons (37.9 ltrs) to prepared fresh water tub;
Combine salt into 1/4 cup warm water to dissolve; mix thoroughly and dilute in fresh water bucket; Gently remove 20% of the old tank water from your main tank and replace with prepared freshwater gradually

6th - 10th Day treatment:
Reverse treatment by performing 20% daily fresh water changes (no salt; no Epsom; no soda)
Continue water changes (no salt; no Epsom; no soda) for 5 days


If after 30 days, signs of parasites or infection still remain; start full treatment again
 Bacteria; Friend or Foe?

 

 

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