Adding small amounts of salt to a freshwater aquarium helps fish cope with stress factors like: disease outbreaks, water quality problems and environmental trauma. Freshwater fish have to invest a lot of energy keeping their internal fluid salt concentration from being diluted by the influx of water across their gills. Increasing salt levels in the aquarium reduces the water influx and releases energy which can be used for dealing with stress and fighting disease. Interpet’s Aqualibrium First Aid Salt Additive has a unique formula to reduce physiological stress and stabilize water quality. For more information on this topic please visit our website.
There are three recommended concentrations for Aqualibrium salt Maintaining 0.1% concentration consistently will support your fishes’ immune system and protect against swings in pH When you know fish are likely to be put in stressful situations such as a new aquarium, major water changes or adding new fish, a 0.3% concentration will minimize the impacts of stress A 0.9% concentration can be used for the duration of a disease treatment (up to 2 weeks) to improve recovery. You can use the volume calculator on our website to help find the exact dose for your aquarium Weigh out your chosen measure A dose of 0.1% or 0.3% can be added in one go. A dose of 0.9% should be gradually added over several days Divide your whole dose by 3 or 4 and add daily to increase the concentration steadily You should only maintain this dose for a maximum of 2 weeks as high salinity can affect plant growth. Reduce the concentration by performing small water changes If you want to maintain a low concentration of 0.1% it is important to re-dose after water changes. You will also need to be aware of your current dose if you ever need to use a higher concentration for disease treatments.
First Aid: Drowning
Depending on the state of the casualty, there are two possible scenarios: SCENARIO 1: Casualty is conscious Scenario 1: The casualty is conscious.
- Comfortable position Place the casualty in a comfortable position.
- Cover the casualty Cover the casualty and give them some dry clothes.
- Alert the emergency services. Alert the emergency services since the victim will have to be examined in all cases!
SCENARIO 2: Casualty is unconscious Scenario 2: The victim is unconscious and unresponsive.
- Casualty conscious? Lay the casualty on their back.
- Breathing normally? Tilt the head upwards to clear the airways and analyse their breathing Try to hear or feel their breath on your cheek, or look for any movement of their chest or stomach as a sign that they are breathing.
- Alert the emergency services. Alert the emergency services.
- Act according to casualty’s state. Act according the casualty’s state This means, if the casualty is breathing, place them on their side in the recovery position Cover and monitor them until the emergency services arrive If they are not breathing, ask for someone to go and find a defibrillator.
While waiting, begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation alternating 30 chest compressions with 2 rescue breaths If you do not know how to give mouth-to-mouth, only perform chest compressions at a rate of 2 per second.