Fish tank water

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by ANDRI, Oct 29, 2005.

  1. ANDRI

    ANDRINew MemberMember

    I have 4 gold fish and two angel. My fish vendor says to add common salt to the fresh water tank whenever I change the water. Please suggest.
  2. Gunnie

    GunnieWell Known MemberMember

    The salt won't hurt as long as you don't add too much. I think the general consensus is 1 tablespoon per 10 gallons. However, I wouldn't add salt unless my fish were sick. It's not necessary for your fish at this time, and would just be something extra in the tank. Also, goldfish prefer cooler water and are not considered tropical fish, and the angels are tropical fish. Do you have room for another tank? I think your goldies would be happier in an unheated tank, and the angels can get quite aggressive if they become a pair and spawn. I can't think of another more perfect excuse to feed your MTS (Multiple Tank Syndrome) than this one! ;D
  3. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    YES another one we can infect with MTS ;D But Gunnie's exactly right. Goldfish prefer under 70 degrees and angels prefer 75-80 degrees.
  4. newbie101

    newbie101Well Known MemberMember

    how warm is the water?

    the goldfish will get sick if kept in warmer water, and the angel will get sick if kept in cold water. so neither will be too happy together. :(
  5. chickadee

    chickadeeFishlore VIPMember


    I don't know about the common salt. It depends what that means. I use kosher salt. The fish vet I talked to said table salt shouldn't be used, but maybe that isn't what your pet store vendor was suggesting. I agree with Butterfly. The only time I have used salt on ly fish was when they were sick or had skin lesions.

    Welcome to the hobby and the Group. I don't think I have had a chance to post to you yet.


    Rose :)