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mkoib"Salt advice please." 11:20pm Thursday 10th Jan
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Hi all,
Could I have some advice on whether to add salt to an unheated pond or not for the winter months.
And if I do add salt how much should I add, considering adding salt before the cold spell comes.

Thanks Paul

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"RE: Salt advice please." 10:40am Saturday 12th Jan | message edited once


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Is there a reason for you asking this Paul - A problem in the pond.

If there are no problems I would not see any benefit of adding salt and would concentrate more on trying to insulate or cover the pond to keep the temp as high as possible through the winter months and your fish will be better for coping the fluctuating temps of spring.


Salt at 1/2 ounce per gallon 0.3% is considered a good tonic + considered to lower stress and ammonia levels in ponds but no reason to add for winter if you have no problems.


There may be some members that do add salt (If so would be interesting to know why)


Regards Jim
mkoib"RE: Salt advice please." 1:39pm Saturday 12th Jan
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Thanks Jim,
I have my pond covered with polycarb sheets.
Have read lots of conflicting things about salt some say it is good to have in all the time but don't think that can be right. Others say in unheated ponds it helps the koi in winter.
Do you think it would be good to add salt in the spring before everything is running well?
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"RE: Salt advice please." 5:42pm Saturday 12th Jan | message edited once


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I would only use salt when necessary, Koi are freshwater not saltwater fish - I only use salt for parasite eradication and to aid the healing process. If your water quality/parameters are ok and there are no problems with your fish there would be no reason to add salt save the money for something else. The main thing I would say is to try to keep is a stable environment with no sudden changes in temp/parameters autumn and spring are the times of the year for this were it can be sunny all day and freezing on a night good insulation and a decent depth for the pond surface area can help avoid this.


Hope this helps


Regards Jim
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"RE: Salt advice please." 11:32pm Sunday 13th Jan | message edited 2 times


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Always a subject that gets differing opinions, lots of people have views and make their own decisions on whether to use or not.



Some interesting reading and expert advice on the subject can be found here:-

www.koiquest.co.uk/salt%20but%20no%20vinegar%201111.htm

and here:-

www.mankysanke.co.uk/html/food_for_thought.html#Salt









Tony




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