Betta Epsom Bath

Proper method of giving a betta an Epsom Salt bath

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    How To Perform an Epsom Salt Bath
    Take a small container, and fill it with exactly a gallon of treated water. You will need your Epsom Salt, and add one leveled tablespoon of salt into the container.
    Dissolve the salt completely into the water until it is no longer visible.

    Prepare another container of smaller volume, and fill it with treated water.
    You should add a fourth of the amount of the original dose of salt, which would be 1/4 a teaspoon into the water. Dissolve the salt exactly the same as before.

    You will then be ready to get your betta into the water. Be sure that the water is treated, and the temperature is exactly the same as what your tank is, we don't want to shock the fish!
    Carefully net the betta into the larger container, and set a timer for ten minutes.

    Keep an extremely watchful eye on the fish as it soaks in the bath. If the salt water bothers the fish it is possible that it can pass out, so be alert and watch for signs of stress!
    If you notice that the betta is becoming extremely stressed out, then remove it immediately, and place it into the revival container, which is the smaller mixture you prepared.

    Once the timer has ended, net the betta out and place him into the revival container, and soak him for half the amount of time you did originally in the larger container.
    Then remove him once the time is up, and place him back into his cup of freshwater from his tank. Acclimate the betta back to the tank water, and release him.

    Refrain from doing anything else but the bath, and only do a bath every other day, they can be stressful, and it can remove too much moisture if you aren't aware!
    I usually treat the tank with a regular dose of API StressCoat after baths to aid in a healthy slime coat replacement.

    Note: Treating with salts inside the aquarium isn't recommended, and it is hard to remove all the remaining salt in the water column.

    There you go!
    Everything you need to know when doing an Epsom Salt bath on a bloated betta! :)

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    DutchAquarium
    2/5,
    Overall, a good guid to giving a salt dip, but ther'e many problems with this also. 30 to 50 years ago, salt was the only readily available medication and therefore salt was the way to go. However, nowadays this can greatly harm your betta. It is a myth that salt is the cure all first line of defense for everything. bettas have a very low tolerbility to salt and it greatly decreases their immune systems. I also want to point out that there is a difference between salt dips and baths. While many use these terms interchangably, it's still wrong and can be confusing. Your describing a salt dip in this paper. Now, i only graded you on the info you provided, but i would of also liked to of seen what salt is doing to your fish and how it's helping. this might of also helped you see my salt is a danger to fish and what you can do to avoid these problems.
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      Author's Response
      Well, extremely true, but I only do salt baths to rid of bloating. Whenever I buy a betta I never have to treat bloating, I only did because this specific one I am treating was a rescue.

      I understand your comment, but I do not necessarily believe that it harms my bettas, because I have been doing salt baths with all of mine, none of them ever died from what I was treating them for. True for others, but not in my opinion, it’s a very strong effective healer that works for me.

      The difference between a dip and bath is that the dips are much more potent than of the light baths I am doing. Thanks for the review.