Nutrafin Aquarium Salt?
My favourite goldfish is suffering from what appears to be finrot so I separated her from my other fish and I'm trying to help her. I'm inexperienced with the whole fish thing so I was hoping someone could direct me. I posted my questions already on Yahoo answers a few times and got a couple of good responses but i thought there's no harm in posting them elsewhere, so here goes.
I bought some de chlorinator from petcetera and already added it to the water i left for changing last night. i also bought some nutrafin aquarium salt for freshwater fish too. i was wondering how i'd add that in. i usually transfer the fish into another container with a cup or two from their original water plus the new water so i can clean the marbles at the bottom and any leftover food or fish...erm...excrement. Do I add the salt in to the new water when i'm filling up the bowl? Can i add it in with the fish in the water as i do it? do i stir it in? The directions on the side aren't very helpful so i was wondering if anyone here has used this specific salt before.
Also, my little fish, because of her fin rot, is always floating upside down and when she tries to turn around she always ends up right back like that. I'm worried she can't get to the food because even the smaller amounts of flakes i'm putting in seem to never get eaten. The pet store employee i spoke with said that when fish are sick they usually don't eat much anyways and a couple of days of healing she'll be able to get back to being able to turn around. otherwise there's nothing i can do to help her reach the food.
Another thing i'm concerned about is the fact that i'm using both the aquarium salt and the de chlorinator. the original lady from the pet store i spoke with said that i should try not to use any sort of chemicals in the water as possible and that the salt is safe to use. However, when i went to go purchase the items at the checkout the girl i spoke with wasn't the same woman i had talked to before and didn't seem to specialize in fish. i asked her whether the salt and the dechlorinator together could have a possible side effect on the fish and she didn't know. is it safe to use them together?
All right, long question i know but i don't want to do anything wrong.