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Loaches
May 23, 2009
4:17 pm
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I have two dojo loaches/weather loaches and I noticed one of them has a torn tail fin. I wish I had noticed this yesterday when I purchased him /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" /> however, I have him now and I love his colouring. I was wondering if putting salt into the aquarium to discourage infection would be harmful to my loaches, like it is corydoras?

My water is clean and he appears otherwise very active and brightly coloured.

Thanks-so-much. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

May 23, 2009
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try using melafix instead of salt, this product is very good for torn fins and you should see results in a matter of days.

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May 23, 2009
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QUOTE (mickthefish @ May 23 2009, 04:12 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
try using melafix instead of salt, this product is very good for torn fins and you should see results in a matter of days.

mick

Hey Mick,

Thanks for the advice. I have Melafix, I am just always hesitant to take the carbon out of the filter for medications. I started out with goldfish and have a couple of other tanks now, but I just love being able to use salt for just about everything when it comes to goldfish.

Thanks again /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

May 24, 2009
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Torn fins usually heal on their own provided the fish is kept in top quality water, and Melafix helps both with the healing process and to prevent any bacterial infection setting in. So I'd combine plenty of water changes with the Melafix /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

From memory salt raises the gh of water which isn't a good idea for softwater fish like loaches.

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May 24, 2009
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QUOTE (Eyrie @ May 24 2009, 12:30 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Torn fins usually heal on their own provided the fish is kept in top quality water, and Melafix helps both with the healing process and to prevent any bacterial infection setting in. So I'd combine plenty of water changes with the Melafix /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

From memory salt raises the gh of water which isn't a good idea for softwater fish like loaches.


Thank you very much for the reply /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

I have two filters on the tank and recently did a 50% water change (there are only four fish in the aquarium, all between 1-3 inches) so the water quality is generally very good /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Is it true the melafix will not work with the carbon in because the carbon will absorb it when it runs through the filter? That's what I've read and have taken the carbon out in the past.

I was surprised to see the torn fin, honestly, the dojo loaches were with ballon mollies? Ah petstores... It was probably an employee accident.

May 26, 2009
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Loaches don't like salt.

You will need to remove the carbon from your filter when medicating.

I don't use carbon in my tanks and I know a lot of other people don't, it's only really necessary for removing medications.

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QUOTE (Bluedave @ May 26 2009, 01:40 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Loaches don't like salt.

You will need to remove the carbon from your filter when medicating.

I don't use carbon in my tanks and I know a lot of other people don't, it's only really necessary for removing medications.

Thank you /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> I figured as much and made sure not to use it until I was sure.

His fin seems to be healing well and I am very glad about that. He's a beautiful loach. I wish I could find the brown variety, but the shops here only sell the "golden" variety. If he and my female every feel like getting friendly and any of the fry survive, I would love to either upgrade to a larger tank or get another tank going because some of the spotted weather loaches are just gorgeous.

Interesting note about the carbon too, thank you. I shall do some more reading on that.

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