Medicine Or Salt To Cure Betta - Ok Let’s Settle This

What do you use to cure a betta

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Iverg1

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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)
 

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By extreme circumstances do you mean when they're really sick?
If so, I believe in that case you need to treat aggressively with meds to maximize chances of survival. Basic salt can only do so much, and it does nothing significant for most diseases and parasites.
 
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IceFyre1414 said:
By extreme circumstances do you mean when they're really sick?
If so, I believe in that case you need to treat aggressively with meds to maximize chances of survival. Basic salt can only do so much, and it does nothing significant for most diseases and parasites.
Like in cases of extreme fin rot
 

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I believe in using salt for minor things, such as badly torn fins, or rot.
Otherwise, it's better to have clean water and a good cycle. That's nature's natural healer for all fish!
 

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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 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.
 

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You are not saying what it is sick with. Each illness must be treated in the proper way for what it is.
 

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My order of defense is clean water, salt, then meds.
Clean water first because that usually helps a lot, but if that doesn't work then depending on the illness I might use salt. If salt doesn't work then meds.
 

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Iverg1 said:
Isn’t salt bad for bettas though?
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.
 

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What does salt actually do though? We know that it doesn’t actually kill bacteria or parasites (well, technically it could, but that high of a concentration will kill your fish too).

From my knowledge salt irritates the fish’s skin causing it to produce extra slime, which is what actually fights bacteria.

Which then brings up the question of why not use artificial slime instead. Wouldn’t it be better to use artificial slime instead of forcing the fish to make extra? Is there a difference between the stuff that comes in a bottle and the stuff the fish make?
 

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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.
 

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chromedome52 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.
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 issues
 

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Lol medicine, and not just for bettas.

Salt is a remnant of a time when there were no meds, and all you could do was salt your fish and click your heels and spin backwards 3 times.
They problem is 1. this bad advise just won't go away, 2. people are pushing this """""natural"""""" cure garbage.

It's like suggesting Vit C to cure everything without researching what Vit C actually does. Scurvy? Vit C. Cancer? Vit C. Lost an arm? Here, take this Vit C. Not eating? Wow, eat this Vit C.:banghead::banghead:

Imo salt is like #3 killer of fish - it's a miracle cure for literally everything literally everywhere, Fish die due to lack of proper medical care. :dead: (or due to overdose. or due to being a scaleless fish. or due to people dumping undissolved salt ugh. salt is a good cure for, say, 1 out of 10 fish problems. the other 9 need real medicine, people.)




tl;dr - salt is the anti-vaxxer of the fish world. Rant over. :inpain:

Here's a comprehensive article on what salt actually does, and when it is useful. Also, pls ignore plugs to buy their products.

https://www.algone.com/using-salt-in-the-freshwater-aquarium
 

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That site is a commercial for another product that is normally unnecessary and is trying to justify their sales. It would be foolish to believe anything they say, not just the plugs for their product. There is far more ignorance among people who think salt is dangerous than there is among those who think it is a cure-all. Both positions are wrong. And there are fish in nature who move from fresh to salt and vice versa to get rid of parasites, most of which are less tolerant of salinity changes than the fish.

And there has never been a time when there were no aquarium medications, that's yet another fallacy pushed by the "anti-salt" crowd. I've been around for 50 years of the hobby, and I know many who have been around longer. We had the same meds then that are available now, as well as a few that have been pulled from the market because their ingredients were banned from human consumption. The fact is that salt is a relatively inexpensive means of allowing the fish to heal faster, with or without meds. I've also seen fish die from over medication, and we have antibiotic resistant diseases running rampant right now because of overuse of medications.

What I know about the use of salt and medications comes from Doug Sweet, superintendent and fish biologist at the London State Fish Hatchery in Ohio, who also has an extensive record of experience with ornamental fish; and Dr. Denise Petty, DVM, who worked as chief veterinarian at the Segrest Farms in Florida and moved on to serve as an aquatic veterinary specialist with the University of Florida school of Veterinary Medicine, among other positions with state boards. Both of these people are experts with decades of experience in treating aquatic diseases.
 

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Haha, very divided opinions on this subject. I will salt betta tanks for purpose of treatment. Obviously I don't want them in salt all the time and it is removed after treatment. I also do half dose on my bettas. That is just my preference. I'm posting a link that was shared by a member of the international betta congress. The Congress thought enough of it to ask if they could post it. As with any information like this this, you should research and find multiple sites that suggest the same thing. I personally look for .edu articles. Government articles are good as well. These tend to be more scientific than personally bias.
https://www.ibcbettas.org/aquarium-salt-the-healthy-preventative-v-2-0/
 

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I've never used salt before as most illnesses will be cured with water changes or with a good diet but in extreme cases I will use meds over salt.
 
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