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    Salt in ponds?

    So I have been reading about benefits of low level salt (sub 0.1%) and wondering how many here do it, is it really beneficial?

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    I’ve been told that long term use of salt should be avoided as parasites can build a resistance. Then if you really need it, it’s more effective.

    But others with more knowledge I’m sure will confirm.


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    Salt is an excellent aid to healing in a bath or a quarantine/hospital tank and sometimes it can be used on a very temporary basis in a pond to address a diagnosed medical issue when the hobbyist doesn't have quarantine facilities.

    However, keeping a constant level of salt in a pond was something our Grandfathers used to do because they knew no better. It should be noted that, with modern understanding, there are no people who understand koi health and/or koi physiology who would recommend keeping koi in permanent saline conditions at any level.

    Some people add salt to their ponds because they heard somewhere that it’s good for their koi but is there any proof that it does or is it the case that they’ve they heard an opinion that is unsupported by facts? I’ve never heard anyone who actually understands koi physiology support the old theory that permanently salting their ponds is beneficial. Knowledge evolves and there are many things we used to do that have now been proved to cause harm.

    It isn't just my personal opinion, Paula Reynolds is a universally recognised expert in koi health and physiology. I talk to her regularly in fact she literally has just phoned and one of the subjects we discussed was the abuse of salt I and can confirm that she is very much against using it for anything other than medical treatments. A few weeks ago I suggested that it would help if there was an article on salt on her website in response to many people insisting on Social Media that koi benefit from the permanent addition of salt to their pond,

    These are quotes from the article in which she discusses the correct use of salt. The full article can be read on the link below:

    “Some marine and tropical fish species need a specific level of salt in their environment to maintain good health, however, koi have no such requirement and should not live in saline water.”

    “Whilst some hobbyists favour adding salt to the pond for winter, this practice is intended for koi in shallow ponds of 2 foot (600 mm) deep or fish that were not in good health as winter began …. However, in a well-designed pond with good depth, most koi should not need the support of salt to over winter safely.”

    “…small behavioural changes in koi all have trigger factors but most will pass unnoticed by the koi keeper who observes only when a major change takes place. The introduction of salt will trigger yet another phase of adaptation that healthy koi do not need and this is why salt should only be used as a medicine.”

    www.lincsfishhealth.co.uk/html/salt.html

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    Thanks mankey, I'll read that nowSalt in ponds?Salt in ponds?
    I always like to check before I do anything IV read to be sure it's tight

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