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Salt added to Cichlid water

7 years 3 months ago #31492 by BCParker

ScubaDiver wrote:
If so depending on you water it may be just as easy to skip the salt altogether and just focus on keeping the water changes simple, I like the easy button.


This.

I only use salt when trying to treat disease.

Lake Michigan tap water seems just about perfect for most African cichlids. pH around 7.4, fairly hard.

Sensitive New world fish from soft water might demand RO. (I'm thinking of the electric blue rams I keep killing)

Ask the person you're buying fish from what they keep them in. Most of the time it will be plain tap water.
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7 years 3 months ago #31491 by dakwas1940
Thanks Janson,
You are right. Those are the cichlids I am starting with. I have a total of 8 in a 55 gal tank.

Thanks for the advise, Dennis

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7 years 3 months ago #31490 by scubadiver
Dennis,
Something that may help is mentioning what specific type of fish you are keeping, the size of the tank and frequency / quantity of water changes.

I thought you had mentioned that you were keeping some of the classic cichlids - yellow labs, eureka and lemon jake aulonocara.

If so depending on you water it may be just as easy to skip the salt altogether and just focus on keeping the water changes simple, I like the easy button.

Jason

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7 years 3 months ago #31489 by dakwas1940
Thanks for your help.

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7 years 3 months ago #31488 by dakwas1940
Thanks for the infomation. I hope to be a the January meeting.

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7 years 3 months ago - 7 years 3 months ago #31487 by teachskip
Because the salt is in solution some is taken out at every water change. You'll just have to estimate how much salt to add with the new water. For example, if you added 5 tablespoons of salt initially and did water changes of 20% then you would add 1 tablespoon of salt with the new water at every water change.

Good luck.

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7 years 3 months ago #31486 by dragonkeeper
You are correct. Salt doesn't get filtered out or evaporate from the water. If your doing a WC add salt for the water you are replacing.

On a side note cichlids especially the Africans from the Rift Lakes can handle a lot more salt than people give them credit for. I have heard of people dosing almost 2lbs of salt per 10g. I wouldn't recommend this except in a extreme situation.

Welcome to the club. Hope to see you at a meeting or 2 soon.

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7 years 3 months ago #31485 by dakwas1940
First, not only am I new to this club, but I am new to Cichlids. So be gentle.
If adding salt to the tank water when setting up and when changing water you ad salt to the water you are adding and salt does not evaporate or get filtered out, would there not be a salt build up in the tank? Yes, I know it's a long sentence and I'm sorry.

Thanks a bunch in advance for your help.
Dennis

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