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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 3:59 pm Post subject: Epsom Salt or Common Table Salt for Aquarium ?? Reply with quote

 Dear  All  ,
 
 Just  want  to  know  whether  it  is  better  to  use  Epsom  Salt  (Magnesium  sulfate)  in  place  of  Common  Table  Salt  for  treatment  of  fish  in  Aquarium.
 
 Any  suggestion  will  be  highly  appreciated.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:45 pm Post subject: Re: Epsom Salt or Common Table Salt for Aquarium ?? Reply with quote

 You  can  use  Epsom  Salt,  and  Common  Table  salt.  Depends  on  what  you  are  trying  to  do!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:55 pm Post subject: Re: Epsom Salt or Common Table Salt for Aquarium ?? Reply with quote

 Epsom  salt  is  a  laxative  ,  used  for  clearing  out  the  fishies'  insides,  for  intestinal  problems.
 
 Regular  salt  is  used  as  a  prophylactic,  or  to  cure  fish  from  Ich  etc  etc.
 
 Whats  the  problem  with  your  fish?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:00 pm Post subject: Re: Epsom Salt or Common Table Salt for Aquarium ?? Reply with quote

 Pradeep,  atually  both  common  salt  and  epsom  salt  can  be  used  as  laxative  because  both  have  similar  osmotic  effect.  Dont  you  think  so  ?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 6:20 pm Post subject: Re: Epsom Salt or Common Table Salt for Aquarium ?? Reply with quote

 Its  better  to  go  with  Epsom  salt  when  teating  Bloat.   BTW,  its  always  better  to  prevent  table  salt  which  mostly  is  iodised.   Its  better  you  go  for  un-iodised  rock  salt.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2007 8:48 pm Post subject: Re: Epsom Salt or Common Table Salt for Aquarium ?? Reply with quote

                                                   
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both  common  salt  and  epsom  salt  can  be  used  as  laxative                

 
 Common  salt  is  not  effective  as  a  laxative.  While  magnesium  sulphate  as  well  as  common  salt  can  have  the  same  osmotic  effect  depending  on  concentration  there  is  a  difference  in  action  depending  on  many  factors  including  the  way  the  body  handles  the  different  ions  :-  sodium  versus  magnesium  and  chloride  versus  sulphate.
 
 While  many  people  say  that  iodized  table  salt  should  not  be  used  I  dont  see  anyone  producing  any  data  on  iodized  salt  affecting  fish.  Even  anecdotal  data  which  is  easy  to  come  by.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:46 am Post subject: Re: Epsom Salt or Common Table Salt for Aquarium ?? Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  reply.  Actually  I  wanted  to  know  whether  Epsom  Salt  or  Common  Salt  is  required  for  treatment  of  Itch.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:13 pm Post subject: Re: Epsom Salt or Common Table Salt for Aquarium ?? Reply with quote

 Common  salt  is  the  one  and  not  Epsom  salts  for  treating  Ich.  
 
 Its  Ich  and  is  usually  pronounced  as  'ik'.  It  comes  from  the  scientific  name  Ichthyophthirius  multifilis.  Ichthyo  =  fish,  phthirius  =  louse,  multi  =  many,  filiis  =  children.  
 
 I  find  the  name  a  bit  of  a  curiosity:  we  call  it  "fish  louse"  when  it  is  not  and  the  name  of  the  disease  is  half  of  fish  (in  Latin).
 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:59 pm Post subject: Re: Epsom Salt or Common Table Salt for Aquarium ?? Reply with quote

 I  will  advise  you  to  use  common  salt  not  epsom  salt  to  treat  fishes
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 3:50 pm Post subject: Re: Epsom Salt or Common Table Salt for Aquarium ?? Reply with quote

                                                   
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While  many  people  say  that  iodized  table  salt  should  not  be  used  I  dont  see  anyone  producing  any  data  on  iodized  salt  affecting  fish.  Even  anecdotal  data  which  is  easy  to  come  by.                

 Iodine  is  not  the  problem.  The  main  problem  is  the  additives  Sodium  Ferro  cyanide  and  Potassium  Ferro  cyanide  that  are  mixed  in  iodized  salt  to  make  it  free  flow.  Both  of  them  are  enough  to  kill  your  fish!!!  If  you  are  not  sure  that  what  additives  are  mixed  in  your  iodized  salt  then  don’t  use  that.
 For  your  kind  information  TATA  salt  uses  Potassium  Ferro  Cyanide!
 
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:50 pm Post subject: Re: Epsom Salt or Common Table Salt for Aquarium ?? Reply with quote

 Potassium  ferro-cyanide  is  not  toxic.  Well,  not  the  amount  in  iodized  salt  anyway  (less  than  10  ppm?).  Both  sodium  and  potassium  ferrocyanide  will  react  with  strong  acids  and  produce  highly  toxic  hydrogen  cyanide  (popularly  cyanide  gas)  But  in  the  human  body  (and  possibly  in  fish)  both  are  safe.
 
 Inhaled  potassium  and  sodium  ferro-cyanide  can  be  irritant  if  inhaled  in  high  concentrations  but  iodized  salt  is  safe  as  of  now.
 
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