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Re: more on BG algae
Scott McLaughlin wrote:
> Please do not use antibiotics for something as trivial as algae! Try PolyOx
> by Kent Marine. I had great luck with that. Also, increase the flow rate of
> water in the areas that seem to be the worst. I have never had this fail to
> work for me. Antibiotics should never be used unless prescribed to treat a
> bacteria that is definitely id'd and found to be sensitive to the antibiotic
> to be used.
Words of wisdom that should be engraved in granite! [And used to beat the
idiots misusing human antibiotics over the head until they wake up.]
I cringe, every time I read another "I used XYZ-o-cyn and cleared it right
up" from another naive newby. I have an almost uncontrollable urge to write
back with "Was this on the first, or third, or tenth time you used it?" Or
"How many cases of intractible fin rot or bloat or septicemia have you had
in your fish subsequently?"
Just because you can buy them at the LFS does *not* mean that use of human
antibiotics is safe in your aquarium. Most have limited (zero?)
effectiveness on most fish disease, as they can't be delivered in adequate
concentration. They just kill all the more susceptible germs and leave the
more resistant ones for a later attack. The same applies with BGA.
You absolutely have to know the dosage and treatment duration needed for the
*specific* pathogen, for antibiotics to be safely used. Any other use is
endangering all of us.
Wright Huntley, Fremont CA, USA, 510 494-8679 huntleyone at home dot com
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might speak of God doing it. But the government is really nothing but a
group of men, and usually they are very inferior men." --H. L. Mencken
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