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Re: [APD] new here, and coppersafe
On Fri, 24 Sep 2004 18:00:49 -0700 (PDT), "S. Hieber"
<shieber at yahoo_com> wrote:
>Sorry to hear aobut the problem with your tetras.
>Malachite green is an aniline dye and relatively harmless
>to plants and most fish. Usually, dosing at half the
>recommendd dose is adequate.
Well, I've heard Malachite green is quite toxic to tetras, and also I
don't have a hospital tank and don't really want my main tank stained
I didn't know that about the charcoal, I will not bother with it in
>Copper treatments are the last thing that I would want to
>put into a fish tank and I wouldn't use them in a planted
>tank. Btw, some people think malachite green has copper in
>it because there is a mineral by the same name that
>contains compper. But the malachite green dye has no copper
Is the copper bad for the plants? Seemed to me that none of my options
were good, between the plants and the tetras. :( I've heard of some
more 'naturally' based treatments with things like hot pepper oil in
them, does anyone have experience with those?
I do have a 0.075% malachite green solution on hand but I don't want
to kill my tetras, especially since they're the ones infected anyway.
>One last point, try to keep about a dozen cardinal tetras
>together in one tank. A half dozen is too small for them to
>feel comfortable. With at least ten or twelve, you should
>notice the fish behaving less timid, and being more active
>-- well, active for cardinal tetras anyway.
Yes, I was planning to add more cardinals as soon as these got
established, but didn't want to add too many fish at once due to
cycling. I think part of the problem these guys have - and could be
why they came down with ick after a week or two in my tank - is that
my pH is pretty high, but I think as soon as I have the chance to go
shopping again I should be able to start on a method to keep it low
I guess I have more time to do research since my dad wasn't able to
find coppersafe in any of the stores he went to, I will have to make a
separate trip tomorrow to a nearer city.
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