Betta fish salt

May 22, 2018
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aquarium salt

Salt dip

Aquarium salt dip requires 1 table spoon per gallon of water. The time duration varies from 5 to 8 minutes depending on the severity. If the disease is related to fin rot or fungal infections, limit it to 5 minutes and for anything severe extend to 8 minutes.

Important note: Never exceed the time duration over 8 minutes as it will decay your fish skin instead and burn its skin.

Salt bath

After the fish has been treated in the dip for the given time, it needs to be treated further in a lesser concentrated mixture of salt bath for a longer duration. Aquarium salt bath requires 30 minutes to give the window of proper healing to the fish.


After the fish has been treated in dip and bath, it needs to acclimate before it is reintroduced to the fish tank. The doses bared by the fish can cause harm to the fish too and thus after acclimation in a reviving station tank, it can be put back in its normal tank.

When to not use Aquarium salt?

  • Aquarium salt is of higher power and concentration and is useful for many healing purposes. But, when it comes to treatment for bloating, this salt should not be used.
  • Your Betta needs to pass fluids and water and aquarium salt may become a barrier in the case of bloating.

What does Epsom Salt do to The Betta?

Epsom salt is famous for its quality of reducing the swelling in case of humans so does it help cure swelling in fishes too. Betta fish is compatible to Epsom salt and is preferable to aquarium salt.

For Epsom salt, only 1 table spoon or 3 tea spoons per gallon are required. The fish needs to stay in the mixture for 10-15 minutes depending on the severity. For less severe cases like constipation or wound infection keep it for 10 minutes and for more severe cases like bloating and Popeye disease extend to 15 minutes.

Important note: Never exceed the given time frame or it will further degrade the health of the fish instead of curing it.

Often Betta does not require a salt bath after dipping as it is not affected much by this salt. So, after dipping acclimating the fish in a reviving tank to avoid possible shocks or trauma is important.

When to not use Epsom Salt?

In any case apart from swelling, bloating and wound infections prefer avoiding Epsom salt. But, using it at times to treat even your healthy fish its immune system will be increased.

However, the salts that you use are external chemicals and any external object will somewhat affect your fish breeding process. Hence, you should use them only if required and have the information of their importance gathered before you use them in the fish tanks. The most required thing is to take good care of it on a daily basis by a compatible fish tank setup and maintaining proper food and diet.

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