Sick Rainbows

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I am not sure where this thread should go so I decided here would be the best place. I have two dozen assorted Rainbows and two died with a grey slime coating, now two more have it they seem very active however their gill movement seems normal. I read that the PH fluctuation is the cause of this and that putting them in a quarantine with heat and salt will cure them. Can salt be added as a tonic to a planted tank in small amounts with out changing the chemistry or affecting the plants ?
 

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Hello Charter,

charter;16032 said:
I read that the PH fluctuation is the cause of this and that putting them in a quarantine with heat and salt will cure them. ?

I've had good luck running a diatom for several hours per day and three days in a row. This has cured all rainbows in the quarantine tank when newly bought at the LFS. No adjustment in temp or PH is necessary.

I've used this method in fully planted tanks also with good results. I've never needed or used any meds. That alone paid for the diatom.

charter;16032 said:
Can salt be added as a tonic to a planted tank in small amounts with out changing the chemistry or affecting the plants ?

Be very careful with salt in your planted aquarium. It can be over done.


Good luck with your rainbows.
They are a great fish for planted tanks

Chris