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Wine making circle
A few observation's which tie in winemaking with fishkeeping...
We have found that Sodium Metabisulphite which is used for sterilizing
winemaking equipment is most useful in getting rid of Hydra.
It was noted many years ago that Campden tablets (Potassium metabisulphite)
was used extensively by the Germans for sterilizing old peat. On this theme
the use of Sodium metabisulphite was experimented by a small group of killie
enthusiasts who had trouble with Hydra. No fish were lost in any of these
The group found that one teaspoonful of metabisulphite in 10 gallons totally
eliminated Hydra within a period of one hour (certain plants were found to
die within 1-2 hours through Sodium dioxide poisoning). After two hours
provided no plants were included in the set up two thirds of the water
should be changed.
Another by-product of winemaking is CO2.
This is useful in creating lush growths of aquatic fauna & helping hard to
hatch eggs hatch.
No effect was observed on a variety of fish (Killiies, Tetra's etc)