There are a number of remedies that experts use to help their fish recover from sickness. This method, the salt bath, is deemed the most old-fashioned, yet one of the most effective cures of all.
What is this remedy and how can it be safely administered?
The most time-tested cure-all of the fish world is the old-fashioned salt bath. Some experts refer to this procedure as progressive salt-water treatment. The hospital tank is most often used to administer the salt bath treatment.
Advantages of the salt bath:
- very easy and simple to do
- has been known to cure fungus, velvet, ich, tail rot and other malignancies.
- very effective and several experts swear by it
How is the progressive salt-water treatment administered to sick goldfish?
The importance of a hospital tank
Firstly the sick goldfish needs to be moved to a separate fish tank, also known as a hospital tank. Gently move the fish from its normal tank and place in the hospital tank. When it comes to taking care of goldfish a hospital tank is highly recommended. Because the sick goldfish is by itself you are able to doctor and monitor the sick goldfish easier.
The hospital tank also helps to prevent the spread of contagious diseases to other goldfish being housed in the same tank.
Administering the treatment
Once the sick goldfish arrives at the hospital, commence the salt bath. Add one teaspoon of aquarium salt (not iodized) for every gallon of water. That night before you go to bed add the same amount of salt to the hospital tank. The following day perform the same procedure adding salt to the hospital tank water in the morning and at night.
If there are no signs of improvement by the 3rd or 4th day, add one more teaspoon of salt each day (but just one, not eleven). Lastly, on the 9th and 10th days, make progressive water changes and check for results.
No one likes being sick, it’s not fun and can really take the joy out of life. Your little family members feel the same way. Try this salt bath and help them stay healthy and live their life to the fullest.
The salt bath, the quickest and simplest method to take care of sick goldfish!
Below is a great video on identifying and treating your goldfish using a salt bath. Many of you have emailed and said that it has worked really well for your goldfish.