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how much salt is ok for Africans tank

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It can be hard to find info on this...but when I went looking the consensus seemed to be 1 tablespoon per 20L. (use a real measuring spoon - as the ones we eat from are bigger)

In my 280L mbuna tank I use 10 tablespoons. Because my tank is full of rocks and I need to allow for how much water they displace. If my fish are injured or scraped up from fighting then I might use 11-12.

I use non-iodised sea salt (rock salt) blue packet from woolworths. I just mix it in a jug with water from tank until dissolved and then add it slowly - not all at once...

When I do my water change each week I adjust the amount according to how much water I remove. So if I do a 50% water change I only add 5 tablespoons.

I have been doing this now for more than 6 months without any probs...in fact I have found that any scrapes/wounds or ripped tails on my fish seem to heal faster and they seem to like it.

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Are you taking evaporation into account when adding salt at waterchange?

If not you will slowly turn the water more salty.

I prefer to use rift lake salts as it's a more complete make up of the water conditions they thrive in and there are different types for Malawi and tanginikan fish.

Cheers mick

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Are you taking evaporation into account when adding salt at waterchange?

If not you will slowly turn the water more salty.

I prefer to use rift lake salts as it's a more complete make up of the water conditions they thrive in and there are different types for Malawi and tanginikan fish.

Cheers mick

I dont really get that much evaporation...my tanks have lids and I do water changes each week...so there is negligible drop in water level....I would like to use the proper african rift salts too..but I think this is the cheaper option for me....we use it in our cooking too....at least while I am studying..later when I am working again then I will try the good stuff.

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