Just A Quick Question, Using Salt In Water Change?

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  1. SamAPFish

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    So I was just wondering what you guys think about adding aquarium salt to the aquarium during a water change. I always have, but is it really all that useful? Also I tested my chlorine levels in my tap, and they said 0. Does that mean I don’t have to use declorinator? Thanks
     
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    No salt. Esp if you have corys, plants, snails or any scaleless fish.

    You may have a municipality that uses chloramine. You would have to specifically test for that.
     
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    Don't add salt if your fish isn't sick. Long term salt use can be damaging when they don't need it.

    Your water may contain chloramine in which you would still have to use a dechlorinator.
     
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    But it must be one that specifically removes it. Standard declor won't touch it.
     
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    My dechlorinator says that it removes chlorine and chloramine from tap water. Also I have always used the API freshwater salt so thanks for the info. It will make water changes easier because I won’t have to use a bucket now. So I wouldn’t need the salt for African cichlids or zebra loaches right?
     
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    I can say with zebra loaches they'll thrive just fine without salt. I've not kept African cichlids but I'm willing to bet the same for them.
     
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    Salt was used as a general "cure all" before we really knew about diseases and parasites like we do now, and long before we had real medications. There are only a few rare times you really should be putting salt in a freshwater aquarium, and even then its debatable.
     
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    Ok, thanks. So then ill just directly put the dechlorinator into the water instead of using a bucket then.
     
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    Hey, when doing a water change is it fine just to put the dechlorinator in without a bucket or mixing it
     
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