How much salt do you need to keep your goldfish alive and paddling?
It depends on what you’re using the salt for. If you want to prevent goldfish diseases, you won’t need much of it. But if you’re treating goldfish parasites, you might consider a salt bath.
Don’t worry if this all sounds confusing. We’ll walk through it, step by step.
“Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.”
You probably know this quote from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. A man is adrift on the ocean, water as far as the eye can see and yet dying of thirst because people can’t drink salt water.
But for goldfish, freshwater aquarium salt (when used effectively) can provide many benefits. Too much, of course, and you’ll do more harm than good – just like with any substance that is overdosed.
When you’re carrying a basket down a pet store aisle brimming with water conditioners – each promising to make tap water safe for your goldfish – it’s easy to be overwhelmed.
With a mountain of choices, which is the best aquarium water conditioner?
Think tap water is safe if it sits overnight?
You’re not alone. Yes, maybe this was true in the old days. But if you stick to the 24-hour rule now, you could be putting your goldfish at risk.
Why? Doesn’t chlorine evaporate after 24 hours?
It does. Though, with the addition of chloramine (what happens when chlorine and ammonia are bonded together), ammonia gets left behind even as the chlorine takes off.
With adequate filtration, this might not be a problem. But since goldfish add their own ammonia load to the water (and a hefty helping at that), your biofilter might have a hard time managing all that waste.
What’s the most important thing about a goldfish environment? It’s not the food, not the lighting, and not even that little diver with the treasure chest (though he does make for hours of entertainment).
You guessed it. It’s water!
Just like the air that fills your lungs, water supplies goldfish with essential oxygen. Without fresh and clean water, your goldfish can get sick. And if the water is filled with harmful toxins, there’s a slim chance your goldfish will survive.
Just like water changes, aquarium water testing should be part of your regular routine.
Most goldfish tanks should be tested at least once per week (or more frequently within the first months of setting up a new aquarium) and when you notice goldfish disease symptoms.
Aquarium test kits are absolutely vital for monitoring and keeping water parameters in your tank under control. By testing the water weekly, you’ll discover potential disasters before your goldfish’s lives are on the line.
Ammonia burns, agitated gills, and deteriorating fins.
Poor water quality can impact your goldfish in a myriad of ways. Sometimes, your goldfish might be so out of shape to even wiggle off their bottoms to eat. And if the water gets too far out of hand, your goldfish may not recover.
Prevent problems before they start.