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well bath went down well

my butterfly was packaged insanely well. at least 4 bags? i had trouble cutting through them all with my little cheapo 99 cent store saltwater stained scissors lol. i'll get a pic in a bit, but he doesn't seem shy at all

on the bad side, my mom ordered a biota mandarin (second attempt) and it did not make it. it was barely alive, but apparently didn't last more than a few minutes in her tank :(. i feel bad, she desperately wants a mandarin, but her tank is just a 32 gallon biocube so i told her the only way it'd maybe work is to get a biota one so she can at least supplement other food. not sure she'll want to try it again
 

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he/she seems to be doing well, definitely an eating machine

(don't mind the amalgamation of algae/cyano going on :) )

i think i killed that snail in the front with h2o2 too. i've just been dosing the tank with about 8 mL at night (40 breeder). h2o2 seems to be a winner for glass biofilm algae, but it is not helping me with the hair algae/cyano
 
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i think i killed that snail in the front with h2o2 too. i've just been doing the tank with about 8 mL at night (40 breeder). h2o2 seems to be a winner for glass biofilm algae, but it is not helping me with the hair algae/cyano
I’m noticing that the snails don’t seem to deal with the peroxide very well long term. It seems to make them sluggish and weak - I’m manually flipping over quite a number of them every day, and I’m sure they’re slowly dying off. I don’t mind replacing them when this is finished, but I think it’s something I’ll mention as a caveat in my final assessment.
 

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I’m noticing that the snails don’t seem to deal with the peroxide very well long term. It seems to make them sluggish and weak - I’m manually flipping over quite a number of them every day, and I’m sure they’re slowly dying off. I don’t mind replacing them when this is finished, but I think it’s something I’ll mention as a caveat in my final assessment.
have you noticed any issues with hermits? i think i'll grab a few for that tank if they hold up under h2o2 better

not trying to make that into a DT or anything, it's kind of my long term observation/prazi/feed GC food/h2o2 type tank, but i'd rather it's not overrun with algae and what not lol
 
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have you noticed any issues with hermits? i think i'll grab a few for that tank if they hold up under h2o2 better

not trying to make that into a DT or anything, it's kind of my long term observation/prazi/feed GC food/h2o2 type tank, so i'd rather it's not overrun with algae and what not lol
No, the hermits seem fine, and I have the larger halloween hermits as well as the smaller blue legs. It's just the snails that seem to slowly fade away.
 

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So here in the UK the most readily available MB brand is King British (2.44% MB) but the bottle states that its not suitable for marine use.

Is this the manufacturer being overly cautious or could they be adding something else into it I wonder?

Thanks

Nick
 

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So here in the UK the most readily available MB brand is King British (2.44% MB) but the bottle states that its not suitable for marine use.

Is this the manufacturer being overly cautious or could they be adding something else into it I wonder?
Most MB solutions sold over here are 2.3%. They might not want you to use it in an established aquarium because a) MB is pretty harsh on nitrifying bacteria b) Stains the silicone seams. But I use it frequently in a 30 minute bath.

@Salmo Si What brand of Methylene Blue do you use in the UK??

More info on MB: http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/AquariumMedication3.html#methylene_blue
 

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Most MB solutions sold over here are 2.3%. They might not want you to use it in an established aquarium because a) MB is pretty harsh on nitrifying bacteria b) Stains the silicone seams. But I use it frequently in a 30 minute bath.

@Salmo Si What brand of Methylene Blue do you use in the UK??

More info on MB: http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/AquariumMedication3.html#methylene_blue
I've never used methylene blue. I expect the instructions are like that due to the fact that methylene blue has traditionally been considered to have toxicity issues in seawater.

A friend of mine has however, used the Kingfisher brand on marine fish.
 

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Any benefit of adding MB to a freshwater dip? Some people seem to do this.
MB is a mild antiparasitic, antibacterial + antifungal. And a "healing agent" that will soothe the gills (ammonia burn) as well as cuts/abrasions. So, I see no downside to using it during a 5 min FW dip.

A friend of mine has however, used the Kingfisher brand on marine fish.
Can you get dosage info from your friend?
 

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MB is a mild antiparasitic, antibacterial + antifungal. And a "healing agent" that will soothe the gills (ammonia burn) as well as cuts/abrasions. So, I see no downside to using it during a 5 min FW dip.



Can you get dosage info from your friend?
I'll tag him in and ask him to comment. @trout
 

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I use the King British brand of methylene blue. Dosing instructions on the packaging say "1 ml of methylene blue per 9 litres of water". I have used it twice so far with no ill effect on my fish. I dip them in this solution prior to CP treatment.
Thanks Bülent. Did the packaging say it shouldn't be used with saltwater fish?

Also, what was the duration of the bath, and the rationale behind using the product?
 

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Thanks Bülent. Did the packaging say it shouldn't be used with saltwater fish?

Also, what was the duration of the bath, and the rationale behind using the product?
Yes, it did. Packaging clearly says "Do not use in marine aquariums".

I keep my fish in methylene blue solution (1 ml per 9 litres) prior to CP treatment for 30 minutes. The rationale behind using this product is two folds:

  1. To cleanse fish from the ill effects of possible over exposure to ammonia;
  2. To treat fish against any fungus or bacterial infections preemptively.
 
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