Like in cases of extreme fin rotIceFyre1414 said:
It depends on the situation of the betta. Salt as others have stated is good for fin rot and other minor cases of illness and it never harms to add it in small quantities. Medicine is good for more agressive illnesses but do beware because some medicine can damage a betta's labrynth organ which is used for breathing direct air. That's why it should only be used in more serious cases. If you keep water clean and maybe add some salt or a almond leaf (not necessary but helps) the betta is usually very capable of healing itself.Iverg1 said:when a betta is sick should you use medicine or salt but only in extreme circumstances. (My little guy isn’t sick there’s just so much controversy)
It's specific aquarium salt, not the regular table salt found on your table. Aquarium salt in the correct doses based on the size of the tank can be beneficial in healing diseases, promoting gill function, adding essential electrolytes, and so on. Some fish and intvertibrates may have a intolerance of it but I've used the salt in my tank and my betta has been fine and healthy. Even a website with an experienced betta keeper recommended putting in salt, of course not covering the bottom but a small amount never harms. It's like the almond leaf, it's not necessary for survival but it does benefit the betta when you put it in.Iverg1 said:Isn’t salt bad for bettas though?
Yeah people think it's bad for betta's. When it covers the bottom and all you can see is salt then yes but I think that goes for mostly any fish. A little in the correct amounts won't harm the fish and it can help with what you said and other things. I've had bettas with a little salt and they've never had any issueschromedome52 said:Salt does not irritate the skin to cause more slime. It allows for better osmotic balance, allowing the cells to produce more slime naturally. There are a lot of anti-salt myths out there, and most are false.