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any thoughts on this?

i dont know if anyone has ever done or thought about this.

just out of curiousity, has anyone ever injected h2o2 into the substrate to help prevent anaerobic spots or to treat them?

i dont have any anerobic spots that i know of but i decided to do it just to see what happened. bubbles slowly started to come out and it was carrying detritus up and out of the substrate with them.

just an idea. any thoughts?
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I would suspect it would tear up the anaerobic bacteria..

I would also suspect it to put the kung-fu moves on your aerobic bacteria in the substrate as well.

Might be a risky trial and error followed by plagues, pestilences, and swamp-like algae monsters.


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well the idea of injecting it in anaerobic areas is that there is no aerobic bacteria there anyway.

but i was also thinking that if you only do it in small areas here and there once in a while it will help to keep your substrate cleaner. especially in areas that are hard to reach with the gravel vac. or under areas of thick carpets.
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Timwag2001, I have injected H2O2. But strictly for the purpose of deep cleaning the substrate up against the front glass when it starts to look nasty. For that, it works wonders.

Other than burning the bottom of a nearby marimo ball, no other plants were affected and nothing bad happened. I now remember to move the marimo ball.

Although I've also wondered if this might be beneficial in other substrate areas, I've been too afraid of the possible kung-fu and swamp monsters as described by Lycosa to try anything beyond my limited application.

However, I do know that after transplanting terrestrial plants, they are sometimes watered with a dilute H2O2 solution. This is supposed to provide enough O2 to reduce transplant shock and encourage new root growth, but without nuking the nitrogen-fixing bacteria. So if you or someone else wishes to experiment, I suggest looking that technique up and using the same concentration as a starting point.
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Just remember that hydrogen peroxide can harm delicate roots and certain plants if overdosed. Here is an excellent article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti...323613/?page=1

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