04-13-2007, 09:52 AM
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| | Re: Nitrite Buildup (Nitrate Respiration or Incomplete Nitrification?)
Do you have any calcium chloride on hand? It would serve the same function as sodium chloride in protecting against nitrIte poisoning (for fish who have chloride cells in their gills). plus it would harden up your water some.
CaCl is sold as ice melter and in pool stores to harden pool water.
With goldfish, .1% salt should protect up to around 60ppm nitrIte and water changes aren't needed. Back when I was reading up on it, the recommendations on how much salt was needed varied by species, so it may or may not protect your fish.
You might consider adding a bunch of fast growing floating plants (e.g. duckweed, water lettuce, hornwort, najas grass, anacharis, etc) and increasing lighting temporarily. or adding a seasoned filter for a while till the soil settles down.