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- To: <Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com>
- Subject: Re: H2O2
- From: Thomas Barr <tcbiii at earthlink_net>
- Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 13:16:27 -0800
- In-Reply-To: <200202252048.g1PKm1Y25435 at actwin_com>
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> Tom B. was doing some I.V. drip experiments with H2O2 during this time if I
> remember correctly. I don't think he was overly impressed with the results
> the best I remember, but it's been a while since I read through the
> thread. Perhaps he could be persuaded to elaborate on his
> experience. Could ya, Tom? :)
Only did it for a week and it was on green water. I'd like to pursue it
further and start doing more DO levels and seeing what happens.
I did not find it that useful. If I had used higher levels, it should work
but I'm not interested in having to go into potentially toxic levels of NH4
or H2O2 to grow plants or control algae. It's not worth it and it allows
folks to wipe out an entire tank full of fish. That pisses folks off and
makes it less useful for folks(and scary).
My whole take on "miracle algae cures" has become more and more cynical.
Guess I've seen way too many over the years. But I have always been able to
do a good cleaning manually, trimming off leaves if needed, blackout for a a
few days etc, herbivores, water changes and good plant nutrition and health
to beat algae. It always works. It makes the plants look better. It's work
but once you do this for 2-3 weeks, there's a good reward.
Thing is, a chemical cure never addresses any thing to do with growing a
plant which is the the goal when we all started this hobby. No chemical can
possibly make up for maintenance. That's what folks are really asking for.
Bugs the dickens out of me.
> So far, I haven't found any specific information on H2O2 being used as a
> dip except in reference to fishes.
I did try the "turkey baster spot method". Turned off all the current in the
tank and filled a baster up with a small amount of H2O2 and gently sprayed
the H2O2 on the infected area. This short term burst seemed to work very
well. Problem is that you can't treat too much at once. Each spot requires a
water change or to wait a day. For mild cases this is very good and does not
disturb the plant's roots that the dip method requires.
So with that limitation? I just cut the leaf and grow the plants well and a
new one grows right back.
> - --
> Chuck Huffine