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    Default Epsom salt in planted tank

    I have one discus who has been fairly bloated lately. Doesn't appear to be anything serious as he is still eating and acting normally and poo looks normal.

    I was going to try some epsom salt to try and relieve the bloat but I have a planted tank and don't want to adversly affect the plants. Should I add salt to the tank or do a separate salt bath? What dosage can I safely add to the tank if that is the preferred approach?

    My tank has crypts, anubias, and vals.

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    Default Re: Epsom salt in planted tank

    Hi Trevor I have a planted tank too. My Flachen & Blue diamond tend to get constipated so with my intial dose of Epsom salt on the tank I did 1 cup per 100 gallons and adjusted the dose with each water change. I haven't had any major problems with my plants what-so-ever. I have anubias, crypts and many others.

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    Default Re: Epsom salt in planted tank

    Hey, Trevor, your plants should be fine. Epsom salts is the poor man's fert for dosing Magnesium.
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    Default Re: Epsom salt in planted tank

    Jose is correct, epsom salts won't harm your plants.
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    Default Re: Epsom salt in planted tank

    Thanks everyone for your replies, now I'll see if I can help get that belly back to normal.

    Trevor

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    Default Re: Epsom salt in planted tank

    No probs, and good luck!!
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    Default Re: Epsom salt in planted tank

    Hi Trevor, how big is your planted tank? If you have a large tank and there's only 1 fish with bloat, it might be better to place him in a smaller tank for treatment.

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    Default Re: Epsom salt in planted tank

    Jeremy, this is a 90gal tank. Since this is just epsom salts I will probably just treat the tank a day or so before I do a WC. It doesn't sound like they will be harmful to anything else.

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    Default Re: Epsom salt in planted tank

    Does Epsom salt hurt Cory cats, Rams, Cardinal tetras, SAE or CAE?

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    Default Re: Epsom salt in planted tank

    Quote Originally Posted by Discus Dreaming View Post
    Does Epsom salt hurt Cory cats, Rams, Cardinal tetras, SAE or CAE?

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    Default Re: Epsom salt in planted tank

    What about regular aquarium salt in a planted tank?

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    Default Re: Epsom salt in planted tank

    Regular salt will hurt to some degree cories, rams and tetras so check out each fish that you have.

    Also plants will be hurt by much more that 1 teaspoon per gallon

    edit,,, Aquarium salt is the biggest rip off in the hobby...any salt will do including table salt

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    Default Re: Epsom salt in planted tank

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    edit,,, Aquarium salt is the biggest rip off in the hobby...any salt will do including table salt
    hehe you should put that in your siggy but you are quite right about it!

    Salt will hurt most plants before it hurts fish.
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    Default Re: Epsom salt in planted tank

    Hello, I also have a 55g planted tank with 2 discus. I was wondering what are the benefits of using epsom salt and is it necessary and or worth using?

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    Default Re: Epsom salt in planted tank

    Quote Originally Posted by diamonddiscus08 View Post
    Hello, I also have a 55g planted tank with 2 discus. I was wondering what are the benefits of using epsom salt and is it necessary and or worth using?
    Epsom salts are used when fish are showing signs of bloating and they help the fish defecate.
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