"water requirements" page, you mentioned adding aquarium
salt to a betta's water. A few lines later, you added that
any changes in water quality should be done gradually. Does
this include using salt for the first time after several months
without salt? And, if so, on what schedule?
Woaw! I can't believe I was so baaaaad and did not do the column last week! OK, I must promptly add " I HAVE A GOOD EXCUSE". Actually make that two good excuseS (with an S). One of the two computers I use for bettatalk went down. Oh, he was a very sick puppy. It took all of Mr.181's computer saaaaavy and an entire week to bring it back from it's coma. (tsui, tsui, tsui) Meanwhile I was left with very limited access to the internet which caused a considerable back up in my daily work load, hence when I got the culprit back I 1)- had a mano i mano talk with it 2)- had to pedal twice as much and twice as fast to catch up. Oh, how I can relate to the little hamsters on their wheel! How I feel their pain... (tsui, tsui, tsui) Pedal, pedal, pedal away (and still in the same spot? GRRR). LOL.
Now I am slwooooly emerging from under the avalanche of work that computer crash triggered. Taking a gulp of air... (tsui, tsui, tsui) Aaaahhhh... Well here I am 5 AM on a Saturday morning (the one day I should be actually sleeping late) hacking away at the column.
Wait. (tsui, tsui, tsui) What's
this strange noise? Right in my left ear? It keeps going and going
and going... Tsui, tsui, tsui, tsui, tsui.... Oh, yeah, that's my
new kid, Mr.Fuzzy as I call him (although Mr.181 prefers Mr. El
Torito). Yes kids, looks like I accidentally became the new proud
mommy of a baby pigeon (fell out the nest in front of El Torito and
found by Mr.181 a few days later, hungry, lost and helpless). Tsui,
tsui, tsui, tsui, tsui.... That thing wants to eat the WORLD. And
I thought bettas were piglets? Well, OK, so yes they are but
nothing like (Tsui, tsui, tsui, tsui, tsui....) Mr. Fluffy. He ate
no less than 50 mealworms in 20 hours and half an egg, quarter of
an apple and a full finger (of mine) LOL. He is cute as a
button... I am kinda excited about this you guys... My new fledged mommy
heart melts... But I know this puppy love will not last as he (or
she?) will soon (well another 386642467784563450000 Tsui, tsui,
tsui, tsui, tsui from today) fly away and only leave but a sweet
tsui tsui memory behind. (sigh) Or not? I have heard of pet
pigeons following their owners to work every day... Would be
kindof a long flight for
What? Back to bettas and the work at hand you say? Drill sergeant! Well, alright, alright....
Hello Ali :). Yours is a good question because for once I am going to be able to give everyone my grain of salt hehehehe... (get it?). Before I give a direct (which I am incapable of) answer to you, I want to start by talking about salt, my experience with it (I once was a pretzel, in a previous life), and what I have learned from it so far...
SALT IN A NUTSHELL
It is a wide spread belief that salt can cure most fish diseases. Many old fish books advise people to dip their sick fish in heavily salted water etc, and many newbies think that, as soon as their betta is looking sluggish, it should be turned into a pretzel (tsui, tsui, tsui). My opinion greatly differs. Now, I may be completely wrong about this, but this is what I think about salt and why.
Now, a little news flash for many of you: SALT AFFECTS WATER PROPERTIES! Including water density, salinity and hardness (as well as PH). Don't know what those are??? (Get a rope! You should be hung - but ok, just read here to escape the hangman hehe). When salt dissolves in the water it will bring the water density and hardness up and also affect the PH (which usually go hand in hand). Most of you know (well at least, the smart most of yous) that abrupt changes of water hardness (or PH for that matter) is very very bad for fish. One day I promise I'll explain precisely why, but for today, take my word for it!!! You can easily kill a fish that way. Hence, if salt changes the hardness and PH and if abrupt changes of hardness and PH are real real bad for fish then = adding salt without slowly transitioning is real real bad for fish. Which to me kinda kills the old theory about salt dips for sick fish (but what do I know?).
(tsui, tsui, tsui)
Hence, if your fish is in water with no salt, and you decide it might be good to start adding salt to his water, then this is what to keep in mind:
Well, (tsui, tsui, tsui), I hope this answers your question (AND MORE hehe). Yes, I know, life with bettas can get a bit complicated (tsui, tsui, tsui), but add a (tsui, tsui, tsui) starving baby pigeon to MY equation and you'll count YOUR blessings LOL... (tsui, tsui, tsui)
Now back to feeding Mr. Fluffy.
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