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Author Topic: Jewel Cichlid and Red Tailed Shark salt tolerance  (Read 4254 times)
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« on: December 17, 2011, 03:23:57 PM »

As a treatment for a Velvet disease outbreak in my tank, I plan to use an Ich or Velvet medication. I would also like to use salt. A fish disease/treatment book that I have says to use one teaspoon salt per 5 gallons water when treating Velvet disease. Are Jewel cichlids of Red Tailed Sharks salt tolerant to that extent?
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2011, 04:21:56 PM »

Tim, Personally I would not mix treatments. Go with either the medication or the salt. Not both. Personally I would go with the medication.

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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2011, 04:45:22 PM »

Well I tried searching on something called 'scirus' which shows all scientific papers available on the internet (I use it for research for Aquaculture/fisheries course), it's normally very reliable, therefore I was surprised that there is not a great deal of information on either of these species, other than their ITIS reports, not a lot of use in this case I'm afraid. I guess we just need to find some other people who have kept/ keep them, though I don't ever remember ever being told that their are particularly susceptible to salinity.

Though I would agree with MRM in any case. The thing about fish books is that when you have quite a few, you notice that recommended doses/ sizes of tanks/ water changes etc. etc. are nearly always different, though to be fair they do tend to be safe and have various levels of helpfulness.
All in all it falls down to the ecology in the tank, and as a quote from my lecturer "ecology is woolly."

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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2011, 10:32:48 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2011, 06:11:51 PM »

Treated tank. 2 Cichlids dead, one still sick. RTS sick (not terminal yet) Jewel cichlids top condition, even more colourful than before
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