Bleach Dip and Compact Fluorescents
Subject: Bleach Dip and Snails
> And finally, on the subject of snails, a few questions.....altho
> hate to wage chemical warfare on the critters, I am determined n
> to let pond snails establish themselves in my tank again. Woul
> copper sulfate solution, such as that available commercially (Ha
> Snail) be detrimental to my plants, were I to add it to the aqua
> according to the manufacturer's instructions (1 drop per gallon)
Most everyone here has heard about my problem with copper in my
tap water. This _is_ a problem in some respects... there are
certain fish and plants (although not many) that I can't keep at
all. OTOH, I NEVER have read algae or snails in my tanks. In
fact, I can be quite cavalier about throwing in plants that I know
are infested with either. I have had very little filamentous
algae of any kind.
For those plants that seem to be too sensitive for bleach baths,
would a low level copper bath work? You might have to soak the
plants for longer, but most species tolerate my water quite well
(copper ranges from a low of .25 ppm to a high of 3.0 ppm) I know
adult snails die in less than 24 hours in my water, would this
not also kill eggs?
Subject: Compact Fluorescents
> > You won't get any more light into the tank than you would with
> > same wattage of NO florescents. The only advantage is that yo
> > can pack more in.
> I'm not sure what is meant by this statement: CFs give out
> lumens per watt than NO flourescents, according to the charts I'
> so I would think that you _will_ get more light into the tank.
Not all Fluorescents are created equal. Even among NO's there is
quite a bit of variation. I could be mistaken, but it was my
understanding that CF's were nothing more than a fluorescent tube
bent into 2 or more sections, and that they did not put out any
more lumens than the comparable straight bulb would.
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