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Just thought I would relate a little information about my recent experience
with hydrogen peroxide and BGA.
I was out of town for about 2 weeks, and my heavily planted 75 gallon fish
tank was without the regular PMDD routine for the duration. The result was
a low level outbreak of BGA, affecting the Anacharis and the Bacopa. A
unattractive spot algae also appeared on the leaves on my Swords and
I re-established the nutrient levels in about a week, while removing as
much of the slime as I could, without neglecting my wife, kids, and job.
About two weeks later, the BGA was getting worse, affecting the surface of
the gravel, the leaves of the Sword plants, and the rhizome of one of the
Relying on past experience with this foul scourge, I sent my son to the
store for peroxide (3%). I turned off the canister filter to minimize the
circulation, and spot treated the visible infections, using about 350 mls
total. About 5 minutes later, I turned the filter back on, checked the pH,
and watched the fish for signs of distress. The pH didn't change
noticeably, and I noticed nothing unusual about the fish for the next
Next morning, all traces of the BGA were gone. All of the fish appeared
healthy, even the supposedly sensitive Cardinal Tetras.
I leave you to draw your own conclusions.
dguynn at nwol_net
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