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Re:NaCl & plants

> Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 11:48:37 -0000
> From: "Buckley, Kevin" <kevin.buckley at nectech_co.uk>
> Subject: NaCl & plants
> Two of my three Bristlenoses have got 'fin rot' (due, I think, to
> simultaneously having a gradual filter failure leading to low O2 levels, a
> huge outbreak of algae which seems to trap solid fish wastes & hold them in
> the water column & out-of-control Nitrates - all now fixed).  One
> recommendation I was given was to add a small amount of salt (NaCl) to the
> water.  The APD archive seems inconclusive on the effects that this might
> have on my plants.
> Does anyone have any experience of treating this kind of problem in a
> planted aquarium? (I'm currently dosing with a commercial 'Fin Rot' remedy -
> "Myxazin" by Interpret.  Not sure it's doing anything though (apart from
> staining my fingers Green).
> Regards, Kevin
I recently purchased a container of MelaFix to add to my emergency supplies. It claims to be an antibacterial remedy for many problems such as fin and tail rot, eye cloud, open wounds and ulcers, open red sores, pop eye, body slime and mouth fungus.. The box says " does not affect PH, safe for snails and other invertebrates in fresh and salt water, safe for live aquarium plants and will not harm the biological filter". I have not had the occasion to need to dose with this stuff but I've read good things about it. It is made from Tea Tree extract (Meleleuca 001.0%).  I picked up a bottle at my local Pet Smart to have for my first aid kit. The product is manufactured by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals and should be available at many LFS's. It appears to be a clear liquid so there shouldn't be any staining problems from it's use. Sounds like you might want to try it. Has anyone used this and what were the results?
Bob Buettner
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