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Salt in the beta tank?

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Steven McDonough

Monday, January 28, 2002 - 05:06 pm
I just purchased a beta. He is being housed in a 1 gal low bowl. I think I remember readng on one of these posts that salt added to his water is not needed but should keep him healthier. I don't want to start the whole salt in freshwater issue, only the salt for betas issue.

Kick I believe you are the resident beta guru, what do you do.

Also how likely is it that he will jump. If it is high what should I cover his bowl with.



Monday, January 28, 2002 - 09:39 pm
Steven, Kick has a very informative article about Bettas on this website. I think it answers all your questions.



Monday, January 28, 2002 - 11:22 pm
Trust me, he will jump. You need to cover the top of the bowl with something such as wedding veil net or plastic craft canvas to keep him where he belongs.

You won't open up the salt/freshwater debate where bettas are concerned. It is something very necessary for the betta at the amount of 1 teaspoon per l gallon of water. This wonderful substance keeps fins from rotting, velvet or ick from attacking plus it keeps his slime coat healthy.

As Scout said I have an article here at badmans (under the article section on the main page) that should answer any questions you may have about caring for your new pet. If you need anything else, just yell at me via email or post your message here. If I don't get back to the board for a couple of days, someone usually yells at me to let me know a betta post is present.



Monday, January 28, 2002 - 11:36 pm
we talking table salt or aquarium salt? i keep a betta in a bowl and it hasn't jumped and appears to be perfectly healthy. will the salt make him look prettier and show off those fins even more?



Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 07:12 am
You can purchase aquarium salt at any LFS store. It's very cheap and probably the better thing to use.



Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 12:05 am
COVER THE BOWL! Just because he hasn't jumped yet doesn't mean he's not going too. I use a piece of fly-screen. I learnt the hard way.


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