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Re: [APD] Re: BGA Control - Blackout vs. Antiobiotics.

I think it is important to follow the exact directions on the box, to
prevent resistant strains from appearing. I don't know for sure, I am
not a scientist, but I suspect it would be possible to have a
resistant strain from appearing if:
1) you did not do a full cycle of medication
2) you did not change enough of the water after the medication period,
which would leave smaller amounts in the tank giving the BGA time to
grow resistant.

Of course, this is speculation. 

Fortunately, my live fish were unharmed by the treatment I used, but
all the plastic fish died. =-(

On Fri, 22 Oct 2004 11:21:02 -0400, Bill D <billinet at comcast_net> wrote:
> I agree that the BGA outbreaks that I mentioned is caused by an imbalance
> between the nutrients being released from the substrate and the minimal
> needs of a newly planted aquarium.
> However, in my experience (which might not be typical), if left untreated
> the BGA will spread and smother the plants before they grow enough to
> consume the excess nutrients.  A blackout and water change will get rid of
> the BGA, but the nutrients will continue to be released before the plants
> grow, so the cycle will repeat.
> Using the antibiotic gives the plants a chance to get started and combat the
> BGA naturally.
> As I said, there is little or no evidence that antibiotic-resistant bacteria
> have resulted from aquarium treatments.
> And if one day one did, it probably wouldn't have any impact on anything,
> based on the experience that we have had with the many kinds of resistant
> bacteria that we harbor.
> So I guess it is mainly a "Green" argument.that favors the blackout
> approach.
> Bill
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