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Blue stuff they soak nets in at fish store

What do they soak their nets in at LFS's? I hate moving my net around from tank to tank sometimes without washing off ,then it's washing off with tap water. Does the blue stuff kill anything that could be transferred?

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You know what is weird. I worked at a pet store for about 8 months and we used that stuff, but I never asked what it was! I would also like to know what that stuff is too.
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Blue - not sure. If it was pink or purple I'd say it was potassium permanganate. Biollante over at Barr Report is an expert in PP: http://www.barrreport.com/showthread...5964#post55964 I guess a PP dip would server OP's purpose.
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You could also make your own. The ingredients are benzalkonium chloride and mythelene blue.
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hehe - a little markup on that stuff or what? Wow!
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hehe - a little markup on that stuff or what? Wow!
Yeah, it is kind of ridiculous.
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benzalkonium chloride:

"ADBAC (benzalkonium chloride) is highly toxic to fish (LC50 = 280 μg ai/L), very highly toxic to aquatic invertebrates (LC50 = 5.9 μg ai/L), moderately toxic to birds (LD50 = 136 mg/kg-bw), and slightly toxic to mammals (LD50 = 430 mg/kg-bw).[5] Benzalkonium chloride solutions of 10% or more are toxic to humans, causing irritation to the skin and mucosa, and death if taken internally.[6]"

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Gee, I bet that's why you can't buy any on e-bay! LOL (dangit)
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MY LFS uses 135+ degree water and soaks for 20 minutes

so far they have no complaints
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benzalkonium chloride:

"ADBAC (benzalkonium chloride) is highly toxic to fish (LC50 = 280 μg ai/L), very highly toxic to aquatic invertebrates (LC50 = 5.9 μg ai/L), moderately toxic to birds (LD50 = 136 mg/kg-bw), and slightly toxic to mammals (LD50 = 430 mg/kg-bw).[5] Benzalkonium chloride solutions of 10% or more are toxic to humans, causing irritation to the skin and mucosa, and death if taken internally.[6]"

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Gee, I bet that's why you can't buy any on e-bay! LOL (dangit)
Wow! I wonder if that is really what is in that net soak. If it is it has to be extremely diluted. Seems a little bit dangerous!
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MY LFS uses 135+ degree water and soaks for 20 minutes

so far they have no complaints
What are nets typically made of? Some of the ones that I have seem like they are like nylon or something. Would they melt in these temperatures?
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this matters? hmm all i do is rinse it out in the sink lol. never any harm or foul but I always use more dechlore than i need to.

like in my 40B the dechlore i use says one capfull = 41 gallons worth but ill use a full capfull on a 50% water change. nothing minds as far as i can tell. plus i keep my nets in a plastic bag that i brought home fish in.

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What are nets typically made of? Some of the ones that I have seem like they are like nylon or something. Would they melt in these temperatures?
I've boiled my nets before for 10 minutes... No harm done.

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It's methelyne blue, it helps to an extent. And it's changed every day, you put about 1 capful into a 5 gallon bucket.

Btw first post
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It's methelyne blue, it helps to an extent. And it's changed every day, you put about 1 capful into a 5 gallon bucket.

Btw first post
first? uhh not even close man. lol

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