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I also use the tetra 6 in 1 test strips. The only thing I have to fault them for is the fact that they don’t read for ammonia. I used an additional tester for this.Tetra Easy strips six in one
After browsing through my past threads on the forum I have found some information @Colin_T when I added salt into my tank due to my fish flashing. I only keep guppies myself I have 5 in a 10 gallon. Please see the below information from @Colin_T
You can add rock salt (often sold as aquarium salt), sea salt or swimming pool salt to the aquarium at the dose rate of 1 heaped tablespoon per 20 litres of water. If there is no improvement after 48 hours you can double that dose rate so there is 2 heaped tablespoons of salt per 20 litres.
If you only have livebearers (guppies, platies, swordtails, mollies), goldfish or rainbowfish in the tank you can double that dose rate, so you would add 2 heaped tablespoons per 20 litres and if there is no improvement after 48 hours, then increase it so there is a total of 4 heaped tablespoons of salt per 20 litres.
Keep the salt level like this for at least 2 weeks but no longer than 4 weeks otherwise kidney damage can occur. Kidney damage is more likely to occur in fish from soft water (tetras, Corydoras, angelfish, gouramis, loaches) that are exposed to high levels of salt for an extended period of time, and is not an issue with livebearers, rainbowfish or other salt tolerant species.
The salt will not affect the beneficial filter bacteria but the higher dose rate will affect some plants. The lower dose rate will not affect plants.
After you use salt and the fish have recovered, you do a 10% water change each day for a week. Then do a 20% water change each day for a week. Then you can do bigger water changes after that.
I think you only have guppies in the tank. You should have added 4-8 heaped tablespoons of salt to the tank.
eg: 4 heaped tablespoons would be the low dose for guppy only tanks. 8 heaped tablespoons of salt for maximum salt levels in a guppy only tank.
Then add salt to the buckets of water whenever you do a water change. If you change half the water, you add 2-4 heaped tablespoons of salt to the buckets of water.
eg: if you are using the lower dose rate of salt in a guppy only tank, you add 2 heaped tablespoons of salt when you do a 50% water change.
eg: if you are using the maximum dose rate for a guppy only tank, you add 4 heaped tablespoons of salt when you change 50% of the water.