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Can i use h2o2 to disinfect plants and kill BBA? How do i make the solution for disinfection and BBA? What is the concentration(%)? I will be buying the h2o2 from a local drug store and i bet it is already diluted. Hope you guys can help me..
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Yes, you can use hydrogen peroxide to kill BBA. Most people take it up in a syringe and just squirt it onto the BBA affected parts.

The concentration of hydrogen peroxide that you will be able to purchase from the pharmacy is usually 3%. You can use this straight to eliminate unwanted BBA.

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Should one remove the plant from the tank when treating or can you do it while still in tank?

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Should one remove the plant from the tank when treating or can you do it while still in tank?
Both methods work.

If you do it outside of the aquarium, you can do a hydrogen peroxide dip; if you choose to do it inside the aquarium, then you can spot dose with a syringe.

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If you do it inside of the tank turn off the filter so it dont get blown away.

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H2O2 treatment in an established tank.

3% topical hydrogen peroxide treatment in an established tank.

Treatment of up to 10mL maximum per gallon is the dose used.
(Actual tank volume not the sold as size)
A 55g tank with 80lbs (2") of Eco Complete holds 43 gallons of water.

Established treatment at this dosage is to isolate the filter (shut it down) allow for circulation with a power head or air stone. 3-5 hour stand time on the treatment then do a 50% water change followed by a 25% water change after 24 hours. The filter can be restarted after the 50% water change. Delicate plants can melt.
This is the dosing level used to kill algae and practically all bacteria and parasites, protozoan’s, etc.
This is also the highest dosing of HP recommended by any of the fish breeders on my other favorite website. I've used this dosing level twice to good result and followed the water changing recommendation.

H2O2 also effects the slime coat and really weakened fish don't handle it well. Scaleless fish can be burned bad enough not to survive if they swim into the injected peroxide coming out of the syringe. Once it's diluted into the tanks volume they have been fine in my experiences using the 10ml dose.

HP is a weak acid and has strong oxidizing properties. It is a powerful bleaching agent. The oxidizing capacity of hydrogen peroxide is so strong that it is considered a highly reactive oxygen. (Wikipedia)


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Both methods work.

If you do it outside of the aquarium, you can do a hydrogen peroxide dip; if you choose to do it inside the aquarium, then you can spot dose with a syringe.
How do i do it outside the tank? Please give me the steps in doing it inculding how much h2o2 i should use, the duration of the process, how often do i repeat it, etc...
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