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Old 10-16-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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Dw, bba & h202


i've read to treat wood with h202 when doing a water change and the water level is low/bba is emersed.

is there a limit on how much to use and do i need to worry about 'left over' h202 when i fill the tank back up?
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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i would take the wood out and rinse well before returning , hydrogen peroxide is serious stuff
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:40 PM   #3
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Spot dosing when the water level is down is what I do for my tanks when the driftwood is too large to remove. I use about 2ml to spot dose directly onto the bba. Let the H2O2 do it's thing for about 15-20 minutes then refill the tank. Though if you have plenty of bba around the tank, I'd just dose the entire tank.
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2 ml in what size tank? does the 1 ml/10 gall rule still apply?

it's pretty localized on the wood and i can trim the plants that are affected
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I would definitely stick to the 1ml per 10 gallon dose and taking the wood out to treat then rinsing is even better. I lost a number of platies that apparently burned their gills swimming through too much H2O2.
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Old 10-17-2012, 03:22 PM   #6
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I would definitely stick to the 1ml per 10 gallon dose and taking the wood out to treat then rinsing is even better. I lost a number of platies that apparently burned their gills swimming through too much H2O2.
Thanks, I stuck to that rule but didn't take it out because had I taken it out I would've uprooted everything around it and I didn't read this until after I had already done it. I only had a 30 minute time period to get the water change done and I had to hurry up and get started. From now on I will take it out and rinse it. The fish seem fine but I wouldn't want to do that regularly.

Do you think spot treating with excel would've been a better choice? I've been doing that daily while the water level was normal but it hasn't seemed to affect it any. This tank has pressurized CO2 so I was only dosing 1ml of excel because I was afraid of putting too much CO2 in the water. But the 1 ml wasn't enough to cover all of the affected areas, and didn't seem to be making a difference anyway, so that's why I thought I would try the h202.

Do you think I should do another WC today to be safe?
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:23 PM   #7
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Hydrogen peroxide works a lot better in my opinion. I always had mixed success with excel. H202 almost always leaves behind clean wood. Well after the dead fuzz falls off.
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1ml per 10 gallons? Wow, I thought I'd read that 1ml per gallon was the safe level.

A week ago I added 35ml into my 38 gallon tank and did not do a water change for 4 days. All fish/shrimp were fine, but my Nerite passed a couple days after the treatment. He was pretty old so I didn't connect the two, but maybe it was the H2O2.
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Hydrogen peroxide works a lot better in my opinion. I always had mixed success with excel. H202 almost always leaves behind clean wood. Well after the dead fuzz falls off.
yes i would agree. works wonders. would prefer to fix whatever the problem is, but i'm afraid that might require a siesta and i'm not sure i can do that with the tank being in an office :/

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1ml per 10 gallons? Wow, I thought I'd read that 1ml per gallon was the safe level.

A week ago I added 35ml into my 38 gallon tank and did not do a water change for 4 days. All fish/shrimp were fine, but my Nerite passed a couple days after the treatment. He was pretty old so I didn't connect the two, but maybe it was the H2O2.
wow! i guess i dont need to worry about a water change then
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