Feb 3

Great February Meeting!


Edited: Feb 3

That was a fun meeting. Thanks to Dr. Emily Cornwell for a great presentation on fish diseases, Michael Barber for his flash presentation on Stinky Creek, Frank and Carol Cowherd for running the raffle, David Snell and Bruce Waxman for auctioneering, and Patchin Curtis for pulling it all together!



Learned a few things like velvet is not killed by the normal dose of formalin where most other parasites are. And that a little added salt to the tank really helps a sick fresh water fish because then they do not have to work as hard to get rid of excess water inside their bodies.

Feb 4Edited: Feb 4

@linus_cello Yes, I know corys are suppose to be sensitive to salt, but do not know why they should be. I use a little salt with them routinely. Perhaps the salt sensitivity is the result of killing corys using salt crystals to add salt to the tank. Salt crystals drop to the bottom where the corys are and where the concentration of salt stays at the bottom, unless there is a strong water current, and this high concentration kills the corys. Always add salt to an aquarium as a solution. Otherwise it can kill the fish that are subjected to the high salt levels around the dissolving crystals. OH, by the way fry are even more easily killed by adding salt in its crystalline/dry form.

@cowherdfg Interesting. I thought the issue was was sodium (rather than calcium), which was one of the reasons why you shouldn't use water softened with a "salt" water softener.

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