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View Poll Results: How much salt and what kind?
Instant Ocean Marine Salt 4 4.30%
Seachem Rift Lake Salt 36 38.71%
Epsom Salt 34 36.56%
None of the above, please explain. 19 20.43%
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Old 07-04-2008
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Hey guys and gals. I'm hoping for some input here. I've kept many of the garden variety of Africans before. But now I'm truly venturing into Tropheus specific territory.

So for salts. I've seen some of you use Epsom salts, marine salts etc etc. Is there any real reason to buy the Seachem Cichlid salts?

Also, what formula do you use for a new set up per gallon? 1 teaspn per gallon, 1 tablespn per 10 gallons?

Do you use RO water and or essentials?
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I am using Seachems cichlidsalt and tanganyika buffer when i get wc straight from the lake.. Ofcourse is good to have a ph over nine, when the fish came from a ph over nine But i don't have any hard evidence of is use..
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i'm not a salt user personally for the simple fact that my ph is in the 8's out of the tap and it's one more thing for me to screw up during h2o changes. i do use it from time to time if i need to heal some fish up that had some battle wounds though. probably want over 9 ph though if you're getting em right out of the lake like kristian said. i've got f1's and wild without regular use of salt and all are happy and spawning regularly.
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Everything would depend on what you are getting from your source water.....test your water source, report back here and then we can better help you.

It's not good to make salty soup with not knowing where you stand in it all.
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I don't use any salt.
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two words only: Texas tap.

I don't use any salts.
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I don't use any as well. My tap water is 7.8 and with the dead aragonite and some rocks it goes to 8.5.
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My basic principle: The less 'chemical' i put in my tank, the better it is! Only thing I use is API Stress Coat (For slimecoating) and Tetra Aquasafe (For anti-chlorine)... Period!
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I do not use chemicals at all in my tanks. I will only use Metro and a graduale feeding program on Trophs that I get from people out of my area, I feel that if I am going to sell/trade my off spring to someone else that person might not know how to or care to use the chemicals. I also sell to stores who don't tend to medicate (unless nessary) and do not tell customers to do so either. I feel that it puts less stress on the young fish, if they don't know they don't miss it! (the fish that is)

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Silverdusk @ Jul 4 2008, 04:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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Hey guys and gals. I'm hoping for some input here. I've kept many of the garden variety of Africans before. But now I'm truly venturing into Tropheus specific territory.

So for salts. I've seen some of you use Epsom salts, marine salts etc etc. Is there any real reason to buy the Seachem Cichlid salts?

Also, what formula do you use for a new set up per gallon? 1 teaspn per gallon, 1 tablespn per 10 gallons?

Do you use RO water and or essentials?[/b]

I am using 1 tablespoon of marine salt and 1 teaspoon of seachem marine 8.3 reef builder per US gallon. I'm planning to cut the marine salt to half a tablespoon. How much to use depends on your water out of the tap.. so get some kits and play around with them.

Epsom salt is only magnesium sulphate.. so i wonder where are the other minerals required such as calcium, etc for the fish? Since tanganyika salts here in Hong Kong are expensive, I decided to use marine salts as an alternative.
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