Sorry about that nerd-speak!
The 3% Hydrogen peroxide, H2O2 is just plain old medicine cabinet clean up the cuts and scrapes stuff.
- Just as we can use it to clean up our cuts and scrapes, the same is true for our critters.
- We can also use it as an emergency oxygen supply,
- 3% H2O2 is also known as “10-volume” since each “volume” decomposes into 10 times as much O2(gas).
- Without going through the arithmetic, you can safely dose
- 1-ml of 3% Hydrogen peroxide for every 5-gallons of water every 12 hours to boost the effectiveness of biological filters or
- compensate for heavy fish loads during warm weather.
- Many algae can be treated (destroyed) by applying about 5-ml per gallon of 3% Hydrogen peroxide with a cooking syringe or turkey baster
- (you give up a lot of control) over several minutes, wait 24 hours or so check results and reapply.
- (Be very careful with this at higher doses you will start killing invertebrates in a clean aquarium.)
- (Also, remember there is little difference between algae and other primitive plants such as mosses and ferns
- so you must be very careful and use weaker solutions in tanks with primitive plants.)
As with any oxidizer, effectiveness varies with organic load.
- A large amount that seemed necessary to be effective and did no damage the day before may well be lethal the next
- since the first dose may simply have oxidized undesirable organic compounds and
- with those compounds gone the oxidizer now attacks desirable organic compounds in the form of our critters and plants.
Should you overdose Hydrogen peroxide it can be neutralized with dechlorinator or Potassium permanganate that I will write about tomorrow, or later this morning as it happens...