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The important question of
whether or not to add salt to your pond is often confusing for
beginners and forgotten by experienced pond-keepers.
To newbie's and pro's alike we have this to say:
Salt Today to Keep the Fish Doctor Away" True, there
are some negative effects of higher salt levels on plants in the
pond, but overall we think it is absolutely the very best thing
you can add to your pond in terms of keeping your fish happy and
healthy. Salt acts as a natural 'stress coat' and essentially
thickens the slime coat on the fish's body - which is it's own
natural defense system against bacteria and parasites.
Salt is also very effective in killing bacteria
and parasites in the pond. When added in proper doses, salting
your pond can dramatically reduce the threat of disease
affecting your fish.
It's just like with humans - we are always exposed to the
common cold cells in their body, but can usually resist if their
immune system is strong. Similarly, pond fish and KOI are always
exposed to some degree of parasite and bacteria presence in the
pond, but by keeping their immune system strong and their slime
coat thick, you shouldn't have any problems.
Pond fish actively maintain a natural balance of electrolytes
in their body fluids. Electrolytes such as potassium, sodium,
chloride, calcium and magnesium are removed from the water by
chloride cells located in the gills. These electrolytes are
essential for the uptake of oxygen and release of carbon dioxide
and ammonium across gill membranes.
The lack of electrolytes can cause serious health
problems to the fish. Pond Salt is an all natural salt,
providing the essential electrolytes fish need to survive. Pond
Salt is not just a table salt ( sodium chloride ). It is made
from evaporated sea water. Evaporated sea water contains the
necessary electrolytes pond fish need.
How Pond Salt helps Improve Gill
Function to Reduce Stress....
During periods of disease and
stress, healthy gill function is disturbed. This can lead to the
loss of electrolytes through the gills, sometimes called osmotic
shock. Osmotic shock interrupts healthy gill function by
reducing the intake of oxygen and the release of carbon dioxide
and ammonium from the fish. Pond Salt reduces the risk of
osmotic shock by supplying natural electrolytes through the
chloride cells in the gills.
Nitrite Toxicity Overcrowding and
overfeeding can lead to elevated nitrite levels especially in
newly set-up ponds. The nitrite ion NO 2 enters the gills and
prevents the blood from carrying oxygen resulting in nitrite
toxicity or "methemoglobinemia". Pond Salt will temporarily
block the toxic effect of nitrite.
All natural Pond Salt is safe
and non-toxic to all pond fish when used as directed. Pond Salt
can be used safely with Pond Care water conditioners, filtration
materials and fish foods.
for Use: 1. When used as a general
tonic for fish, and as a stress reducer, add 2 -1/2 cups full
(728g) of Pond Salt for each 100 gallons (378 L) of pond water.
Sprinkle salt evenly around the perimeter of the pond. Avoid any
contact between salt crystals and pond plants. If this is not
feasible, pre-dissolve salt first.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Once added to a
pond, salt does not evaporate and is not filtered out. Pond Salt
should only be added as directed; with each water change, or
when fish have been treated with medications.
2. When used to reduce stress in separate
treatment tanks or during fish transportation, use 4 tablespoons
full (95.2g) of Pond Salt for each 10 gallons (37.8L) of water.
For the health of your pond and
environment, it is important that you test pond water regularly.
We recommend Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Dry-Tab Master Test Kit
for Ponds to test for pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. Providing Services in:-
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