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Pond Salt

For All Pond Fish

  • All-natural, made from evaporated seawater.
  • Reduces fish stress.
  • Adds essential electrolytes.
  • Improves gill function.
  • Protects fish against nitrite toxicity.
  • Can be used with medications to improve recovery from disease.

Pond fish actively maintain a natural balance of electrolytes in their body fluids. Electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, chloride, calcium and magnesium are removed from the water by chloride cells located in the gills. These electrolytes are essential for the uptake of oxygen and release of carbon dioxide and ammonium across gill membranes. The lack of electrolytes can cause health problems in pond fish. Pond Care POND SALT is an all-natural salt, providing essential electrolytes fish need to survive. POND SALT is not just a table salt (sodium chloride). It is made from evaporated seawater.

Pond Salt helps improve gill function to reduce stress

During periods of disease and stress, healthy gill function is disturbed. This can lead to the loss of electrolytes through the gills, called osmotic shock. Osmotic shock reduces the intake of oxygen and the release of carbon dioxide and ammonium from the gills. POND SALT reduces the risk of osmotic shock by replenishing natural electrolytes fish need.

Pond Salt reduces nitrite toxicity

Overcrowding and overfeeding can lead to elevated nitrite levels, especially in newly set-up ponds. The nitrite ion N02- enters the gills and prevents the blood from carrying oxygen, resulting in nitrite toxicity or by blocking the uptake of nitrite ions (methemoglobinemia). Pond Salt will reduce the toxic effect of nitrite.


Ponds without plants:

1. Add 2-1/2 cupfuls (730 g) of POND SALT for each 100 U.S. gallons (380 L / 83 UK Imp. Gal.) of pond water. Distribute salt evenly around the perimeter of the pond.

2. After one hour, measure the salt level with a Salinity Meter. The salt level should be 0.2%. If the salt level is too high, make a partial water change.

Ponds with plants:

1. Certain aquatic plants are sensitive to salt; use this lower salt level when plants are present. Add 1.25 cupfuls (370 g) of POND SALT for each 100 U.S. Gallons (380 L / 83 UK Imp. Gal.) of water. Distribute the salt evenly around the perimeter of the pond.

2. After one hour, measure the salt level with a Salinity Meter. The salt level should be 0.1%. If the salt level is too high, make a partial water change.

Disease treatment:

Many external parasitic infections (trichodina, chilodinella, ichthyobodo, and epistylis) and fungal infections can be eradicated with a short-term salt bath.

1. Using a clean plastic container, dissolve 2.5 cupfuls (730 g) of POND SALT in 10 U.S. gallons (40 L / 8.3 UK Imp. Gal) of pondwater. Do not use tap water.

2. Carefully put the infected fish in the salt bath (2.0%) for 5 to 10 minutes. Do notleave fish in the salt bath for longer than 10 minutes! Be sure to cover the bath container with netting or similar material to prevent fish from jumping out of the bath container.

3. After 10 minutes, place the treated fish back into the pond.

4. Salt bath may be repeated in 24 hours, if necessary.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once added to a pond, salt does not evaporate and is not filtered out. Pond Salt should be added as directed with each water change (i.e. when water is pumped out of the pond and new water is added), or when fish have been treated with medications. Do not add Pond Salt when topping off a pond, unless the test results from the Salinity Meter indicate salt is needed.

Pond Salt in available in three container sizes:

Keep out of reach of children.

For Garden Pond Use Only.

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