Betta Epsom Dip

How to perform an Epsom salt dip to treat bloating or dropsy.

  1. Platylover
    Platylover
    4/5,
    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.
  2. Aqua 59
    Aqua 59
    3/5,
    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.
    1. Fanatic
      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. DutchAquarium
    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.
    1. Fanatic
      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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