Betta Epsom Dip

Proper method of giving a betta a salt dip

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    How To Perform an Epsom Salt Dip

    Do you have a bloated betta?
    Here is the handy article guide on how to properly do a betta Epsom salt dip to aid in curing dropsy or serious bloating.
    I have included most of the steps in this guide, and precautions to take before you begin a dip.

    What You Need
    • Containers (One Gallon)
    • Epsom Salt
    • Water Conditioner
    • Fish Net
    • Measuring Spoons
    • Kitchen Timer
    First, take your two containers, and clean them off really well.
    You want to prepare the first container with a gallon of water treated with conditioner.
    Then, add your Epsom salt and completely dissolve it into the water.
    Next, you need to prepare the second container, which serves as the revival period for the fish after it has finished the dip.
    The salinity will need to be a fourth as strong as the first container. Each container should have the same amount of water in them, with less salt than one another.

    Make sure that the water inside the containers are the same as the tank that the betta came from.
    If they are not, acclimate the fish to the salt bath before releasing it.
    Once you have put the fish into the salt bath, set the timer for ten minutes, and keep a very close eye while the bath is being performed.

    Warning: Salt dips are stressful, and can actually cause your betta to pass out! Please keep a watchful eye at all times.

    Once the timer has stopped, and the bath is over, remove the fish from the container, and place it in the revival area for half as long as before.
    You will not need to watch as closely this time, but please don't leave the betta unattended during this time.
    Remove the fish from the revival container, and place him back into the water which you removed him from his original tank with.
    Lastly, acclimate the betta to the tank again, and release him.

    Note: Please do not add Epsom salt to the actual tank, it will remain in the water until you change it.

    Side Note: Refrain from doing excess baths, and limit to one bath every other day. For dropsy, it is recommended to do at least two or three baths per day, this condition is more severe than of bloating.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    • What does a salt dip do for my betta?
    Epsom salt is a treatment used on humans, as well as fish.
    It serves as a way to draw out harmful liquids inside the body and removes toxins.
    Epsom salt will not hurt your betta, but it is never recommended to overdo any kind of medicated treatment.
    Excess dips will injure the scales of a fish, as well as a human if misused.

    • How often can I do a salt dip on my betta?
    We recommend keeping it under five times a week, or every other day.
    Epsom salt will injure a betta if overdone.

    • I don't have Epsom salt, will aquarium salt work?
    Aquarium salt will not work, because it does not possess medicinal properties like the Epsom salt does.
    It will work for other illnesses, but in this case, Epsom salt is the best choice.

Recent Reviews

  1. Platylover
    I think this is a good article, but I would like to just point out a few things. When regarding dropsy you'll need to be doing 2-3 times a day to help with the treatment, so the "only five times a week" statement is good for just. bloating and such, but shouldn't be applied to dropsy. Same with the no epsom salt in the tank, you'll need that in the tank when you are treating for drops. Granted it is significantly less than the amount used in baths (1tsp per 5 gallons). I also do not see the amount of salt needed to be used in this article? Overall this is a good article, but I think a few touch ups could be added to make it even better.
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    Aqua 59
    I think that it was a great article, in writing terms, but I agree with DutchAquarium- it sounds really risky and stressful for the betta.
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      Author's Response
      Thanks, but I did my very best to write it up, and I actually read about it before writing it in my own words. Epsom Dips are completely safe for the betta, but only to be used when there are problematic experiences in which the dip will become handy.
  3. D
    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.

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