Goldfish Care

Chlorine and Chloramines

Density Of Water Water has toxic metals, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, phosphorus. It is likely it contains chlorine and chloramines also. We have to remove chlorine and chloramines by using a zeolite or zeolite carbon filter. Another method of removing chlorine is Aeration. Aeration is a method which increases the oxygen in the water. Due to increase in oxygen, ammonia gets diffused out. It directs nitrification of waste products contained in the water.
Density Of Water

Density refers to the amount of salt in the water. Goldfish will not survive in salt water for any length of time. However, adding a small amount of salt to the tank will not kill your Fish! It is stated that it will perk up their immune system. You should only use freshwater aquarium salt for this.

Aquarium salt has gained popularity over the last few years and is a very handy and easy method to prevent your fish from falling sick. It is also known to cure many diseases and in fact many fish owners prefer using salts to putting their fish on medic ation. It is also known to control the toxicity of nitrite/nitrate spikes.
There are many advantages of using salts. They are:

Salt does not harm tank filters.
It is cheap.It isn’t harmful to human beings.
Most fish don’t react to it.
It is known to kill 7 out of 9 common fish tank parasites.
Low salt dosages in the tank also provide required minerals
for the fish.
Salt also stimulates the formation of slime coat.

Aquarium salt is easily found in all pet stores. If you can’t find it or run out of it, you can use food grade salt, non-mineralized cattle feed grade salt and non-iodized salt instead.
How much salt to use?

The recommended dosage is 1 teaspoon of salt for every gallon of water. You should repeat this three times with a 12-hour between each dosage. If you have a big aquarium or a pond, you will have to use 3 pounds of salt for every 100 gallons of water.

Before using the salt, just make sure you remove all live plants from the tank. Plants won’t survive the salt. You should also take out 50% of the water and replace it with fresh water. Although aquarium salt does no harm to Goldfish, you should not let them stay in salt water too long. Salt also makes water harder and hard water causes a lot of stress to your fish. Too much salt may cause physical imbalance (causes osmotic stress) and your fish could fall seriously ill (energy loss and weakening of the immune system).

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