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Re: [APD] Sulfa antibiotics and plants
Rich Green wrote:
>If one was faced with needing to use a chemical that would be detrimental
>the plants in order to effectively treat a problem with the fish, why not
>remove the plants?
You have an excellent idea I didn't think of. It didn't even dawn on me to
take out the plants. This is such an obvious thing to do. I feel really dumb
not thinking of it. I was treating for Flexibacter Columnaris which I read
can live for up to 32 days without fish in hard water in an article here:
http://www.nationalfishpharm.com/articles/columnaris.html 3rd paragraph
I finished the treatment today, drained 90% of the water and replaced. Added
Excel, traces, KNO3, KH2PO4. The fish look fine. The duckweed is destroyed.
There are maybe 20-30 still green plants left. The top was covered
previously. I can easily get more and at no expense so this is not an issue.
The C. blassii continues to melt but I am hoping it will recover. The H.
polysperma really doesn't look injured at all. The C. spiralis looks weaker
but nowhere as bad as the blassii. I expect full recovery. The Hornwort is
melted completely too.
>>Are there common things we treat fish for that would attach to the plants
>and SURVIVE that long in a bag? Say a quick Hydrogen Peroxide rinse before
>adding back to the tank??
According to the article I referenced above, the Flexibacter can survive for
32 days without a host in hard water. Would a simple DI water rinse help?
How about the H2O2 you suggest or bleach. I don't know what would be
required to be sure not to re-infest. I sure don't want to risk the fish to
find out though.
Any further comments would be appreciated.
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