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Re: [APD] Potassium Permanganate

>Date: Sun, 21 May 2006 07:26:11 -0400
>From: William Wells <wwells1 at concentric_net>
>Subject: Re: [APD] Potassium Permanganate
>To: donhellen at horizonview_net,	aquatic plants digest
>	<aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
>Donald Hellen wrote:
>>> Has anyone here had experience with potassium
>>> permanganate used as a disinfecting dip for aquatic
>>> plants?
>>> Is it safer than a chlorine dip at 20:1 for a minute or
>>> two or is it about the same?
>I have used potassium permanganate in the past.  It is milder than a 
>Clorox dip. I can leave the plants soak for 10 min without any problems. 
>  This is with enough potassium permanganate to give the water a purple 
>tint, not so much that you can't see through the water.

As I understand them, they work in exactly opposite ways.

Chlorine "digests" proteins and other organic substances, breaking them 
down into their constituent parts, while KMNO4 is a tanning agent, that 
cross links the molecules, making big ones out of littler ones.



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