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Salt Uses In Freshwater Aquariums

Discussion in 'Tropical Discussion' started by Deanasue, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. PheonixKingZ

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    The @AbbeysDad, is on!?? :lol:

    I agree with @Deanasue. (Lets just say I agree with all lot of things!) :D
     
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    According to Seachem: Seachem Purigen
    Regeneration
    Soak in a 1:1 bleach:water solution for 24 hours in a non-metallic container in a well ventilated area and away from children. Use regular 8.25% hypochlorite household bleach (non-scented, no dyes, do not use a splash-less bleach). Rinse well, then soak for 8 hours with a solution containing 4 tablespoons of Prime®, or equivalent dechlorinator per cup of water. Rinse well. For freshwater use, soak for 4 hours with a solution containing 2 tablespoons of buffer per cup of water (Discus Buffer®, Neutral Regulator®). Original color and full activity should now be restored and Purigen® is ready for reuse. Caution: some slime coat products may permanently foul Purigen® and render regeneration difficult. Do not reuse if odor of bleach/chlorine is detectable. In case of doubt, soak beads in small quantity of water and test for residual chlorine with a chlorine test kit.
     
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    Oh, goodness. (Sigh). I can only tell you what instructions were when I got mine. Probably several years ago. It worked though and makes perfect sense that it would since salt is a disinfectant. However, to make you happy, I will revise the post.
     
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    It's likely that Seachem revised the instructions a few years ago because bleach/water worked much better than salt/water and gave the product a much longer use life.
     
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    What about using aquarium salt with live bearers like black mollies, etc? I've read they need a little salt or they will die. When I had live bearers they died quickly without any salt, but with a little salt, they do very well.
     
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    Livebearers need water with a GH of 200ppm for guppies, platies & swordtails, and a GH of 250ppm for mollies. If the GH is not high enough then salt can be used as an emergency measure to help them until the GH is increased.
     
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    They don’t need salt as they are freshwater fish. I don’t use it with my livebearers. Salt should be used in emergent situations only.
     
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    @Lisbeth Oden this may be a useful thread for you to read.

    @Deanasue has tried to simplify the use of salt in freshwater aquariums. Information has been given for treatment purposes.
     
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