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Re: [Killietalk] Tank parasites
Hello group and Wayne,
Afraid the plants are toast, or to be on the safe side it is
best to dispose of them.
Nothing can live through a good bleach bath. A cup of bleach per 5
gallons and fill the tank on a level place to the brim. Any surface
not covered is not sterilized. That includes the gravel or sand. You
have to stir up the stuff on the bottom regularly if you really want
to get everything. It takes about three days submerged to take it all
Everything turns WHITE. - If you do this bleaching outside you
might add a cup of Household Ammonia, that really turns loose the
After three or 4 days, empty the tank and refill it with water to the
very top. Let it sit for another 3 days with a little agitation until
the gravel no longer degasses or clouds the water. If necessary you
could replace the water a second or third time maintaining the
agitation of the gravel.
It depends on how well you are able to get the substrata washed as to
how wellthe Chlorine will be removed. You will need to check the
water for Chlorine. It may leash over a period of days. You will
probably need to add some Chlorine remover to clean it all out.
Overall, the time and expense of killing everything off to
make sure some unidentified culprit is gone is VERY expensive in time
and chemicals. Your best bet is to dump everything into the flower
bed or yard and sterilize the bare glass tank as above.
Bleach still kills everything if left long enough and of high enough
concentration. It is easy to remove bleach from glass, not so from
sand or gravel. Let the cleaned sterilized tank to dry for 5 to 7
days before refilling it.
Don't give up - Success is not that far away . . .
At 5:22 PM -0600 11/20/04, Wayne Morrow wrote:
I recently lost a 20 gallon of F. gardneri and Gambasia. Wasting and
swimming in place.
I did large water changes. Some of the Gambasia suvived when moved
to another tank.
How to I sterilize the 20? Do I toss the sand and plants?
C. H. Harrison, Ph. D.
319 Martigney Dr.
Mehlville, MO 63129
Home 314- 894-9761
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