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Adding aquarium salt to Tanganyika cichlid tank

Discussion in 'Rift Lake Dwarf Cichlids' started by Cookie_apisto, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Cookie_apisto

    Cookie_apisto Member

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    Can I add a little bit of the aquarium salt to my Tanganyika cichlid tank? I have Julidochromis Transcriptus and Neolamprologus Caudopunctatus.
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Aquarium salt (NaCl) doesn't harden water, but might help with osmotic regulation. A better option is to use a Rift Lake salt designed for Rift Lake cichlid tanks.
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Aquarium salt (NaCl) doesn't harden water, but might help with osmotic regulation. A better option is to use a Rift Lake salt designed for Rift Lake cichlid tanks.
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    Hi,

    How does it help with osmotic regulation?
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Each fish has a different ability to regulate its body fluids, depending on the natural habitat where it evolved. Rift Lake cichlids have evolved in water with a high salinity more close to that of their body fluids. In their natural habitat osmotic absorption of water is low and their bodies have less efficient ways of removing excess fluids than, say, apistos from soft water where osmotic pressure is greater.
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