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WELL turns out I already had some API Aquarium Salt hiding in my house from my betta fish. lol

 

I'll be adding that now! 

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Crazy guys - checked my levels before I changed the water...

2ppm nitrites! Never seen it that high before, so I'm glad I'm adding the salt. My tank is a 30 gallon right now so I'm only adding 20 teaspoons to be safe. One of the articles said not to do the full ammount of gallons, I guess.

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What?  The dosage to protect against nitrite is 1 teaspoon per ten gallons.  You should be using 3 teaspoons for the tank.  

 

Add a teaspoon of salt for each 10 gallons of water in the tank.  That will protect your fish from nitrite.  You will want to do a large water change tomorrow, since excess nitrite inhibits nitrite oxidation.  

 

 

No harm has been done.  0.1 % salt is very comfortable for goldfish.  Do a 75% water (no salt) change to get your nitrites down. 

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OH my gosh, I'm freaking out!!  I read the article you sent me and it said this:

 

Using teaspoons per gallon
0.1% salt is 1 teaspoon of salt per gallon.

 

And I READ THAT WRONG!!!

 

I added 20 TEASPOONS!!!! What should I do?!?!

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I'm doing an emergency water change again. I'm freaking out now.

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I'm doing an emergency water change again. I'm freaking out now.

 

your okay. you just put them into .1% salt it wont hurt them  :)

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Relax.  All you have done is waste some salt.  Goldfish can live their entire life in 0.1% salt, and you have 0.067%

 

Do a 75% water change with just water to get your nitrite down.  That will lower the salt concentration to 0.02.  The next time you do a 50% water change, the salt concentration will be at 0.01% which is where you keep it until the nitrite reads zero all the time.  You keep it there by adding 1 teaspoon of salt to each 10 gallons of fresh water when you change water.

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Sorry I prob didnt help with my response :peeka

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It's alright, thank you everyone.

 

First time using salt, of course I had to mess something up.  :Beware:

 

Did a second water change today since the salt mishap and added more prime so I should be good to go as you guys say. Thank you for helping me, I thought I really hurt them!  :no:

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You didn't hurt them at all . . . :hug

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You guys are seriously the best. Thank you for dealing with me. Checking water levels tonight, let's see where we are since those water changes. Hahaha

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I know the conversation is further now, but i wanted to tell you that having rocks in the tank is completely fine, as long as you are cleaning thoroughly. I have a 75g tank, and my goldfish has been living with rocks in it for 14 years. I can't see your photos for some reason, but i just wanted to say that has long as you clean thoroughly, it's totally fine. :)

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I know the conversation is further now, but i wanted to tell you that having rocks in the tank is completely fine, as long as you are cleaning thoroughly. I have a 75g tank, and my goldfish has been living with rocks in it for 14 years. I can't see your photos for some reason, but i just wanted to say that has long as you clean thoroughly, it's totally fine. :)

Sent from my SM-G920P using Tapatalk

 

Thank you so much! I move them around every single time I do a water change to get any nasties. I've been trying to make sure there aren't any "piles" though. :)

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Alright, so today there is:

 

0ppm Ammonia

0ppm Nitrites

0ppm Nitrates

 

So not worse... not better.   :hummm

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Alright, today is...

 

Nitrite 2ppm

Nitrate 0ppm

Ammonia .25ppm

 

I dosed Prime and even a little extra to be safe... I will probably do a partial water change tonight, but NOT add salt this time then, right? 

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What water changes have you done since you added salt?  Amount and day please.

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What water changes have you done since you added salt?  Amount and day please.

 

I did 2 water changes the day I added salt, one before adding it and then one after I added too much. lol 

50% both times. 

 

So 3 days ago. 

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Please do a 75% water change without adding salt.  After this, add one teaspoon of salt per 10 gallons   :teehee of  new water.   

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Please do a 75% water change without adding salt.  After this, add one teaspoon of salt per 10 gallons   :teehee of  new water.   

 

Hahaha I know right. Thank you. I will do that this evening. Just to clarify - you think I should add this salt tonight?

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Wait, never mind I see you said DONT add salt, so next time I should. :)

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Right.

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Done and done for today! Added more Prime after water change, and that's it for the night!

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Sadly all is the same today...

 

Ammonia .25ppm

Nitrite 2ppm

Nitrate 0ppm 

 

:/ 

 

I'm leaving it today - with Prime of course - since I just did a big water change yesterday. Should I add my salt tonight then?

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You don't need to add more salt if you're not doing a WC.  Salt doesn't go anywhere.  It stays until a WC is done.  Prime works for 24-48 hours (I've read both :idont ) then is no longer effective.

 

I'll let Sharon guide you as to whether or not to do a WC.  I know what I'd do but we all have differing opinions and I don't want to screw up what you two have going.  :tomuch:

 

Also, nitrite kinda seems to come out of nowhere all of a sudden--nothing for weeks, then BAM there they are.  They seem to go away as quickly as they come on but it may take a couple of weeks.

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