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glutaraldehyde for substitute excel

Discussion in 'Aquatic Plant Fertilization' started by Brian20, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. Brian20

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    well Im planning to use glutaraldehyde to remplace excel, what people recommends me?
     
  2. Biollante

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    Cidex

    Hi Brian,

    The only form of Glutaraldehyde (aside from Excel) is Cidex, used principally by hospitals for cold sterilization. It is wicked bad stuff, so be very careful with the stuff. :)

    A source I know of is http://www.afge.org/Index.cfm?Page=Glutaraldehyde. You may be able to find this in medical supply or even janitorial supply houses. ;)

    Detritus Mulm bought some a while back, we have not heard from him since. :eek:
    http://www.barrreport.com/showthread.php?p=44081#post44081.

    I have never used or handled Cidex, I agree it would be nice to find a cost effective alternative, but going blind doesn't appeal to me either. :rolleyes:

    Good luck,
    Biollante
     
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    He's still thread stalking around. I was starting to get a little worries myself. "Hi guys, I just got this new chemical that can burn your lungs out" followed by silence a week later is a great way to leave us all wondering though ;)

    The cidex is diluted; I believe the type you'd want is cidex plus as 3.4% glutaraldehyde. People with all of 6 month certificates handle this stuff in hospitals all the time to sterilize things. A family member of mine worked with one person who had the wonderful idea of putting it in a spray bottle...
     
  4. Brian20

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    Well Im very cautious with fertilizer, Muriatic acid and all that stuff that I use in the aquarium. Using a sprabottle to dose is great!!!

    I can experiment having 17 planted tanks.
     
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    : O why do you add muriatic acid to your tanks?
     
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    Cidex Plus is what I used on my 30 gallon for the longest time. Cut it in half with DI water and dosed as per Excel dosages. 5ml per 50 gallons. I couldn't tell the difference between Excel and Cidex as far as growth.
     
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    3.4% Alkaline Glutaraldehyde

    Hi All,

    Cidex Plus, a 3.4% alkaline glutaraldehyde, is quite readily available. :)

    http://www.nextag.com/cidex-plus/shop-html
    http://www.allegromedical.com/swine-flu-c7240/cidex-plus-28-day-solution-1-quart-p189979.html
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0020MIUEE/ref=asc_df_B0020MIUEE875289?smid=A3RJHKN59DL8A&tag=nextag-hpc-mp01-delta-20&linkCode=asn&creative=380341&creativeASIN=B0020MIUEE

    I just ordered a quart, I will give it a try. :eek: I have 3 plus liters of Excel on hand and tanks I can try side by side.

    ordloh: ? :confused: No doubt you will tell me I am wrong thereby making Tom Barr happy, but as far as I know muriatic acid is Hydrochloric acid, which is the solution of hydrogen chloride (HCl) in water.

    Biollante
     
  9. Tom Barr

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    For the Trace mix to prevent fungus growth.
    I use Excel instead, but HCL works also.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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    Hi,

    How much HCl and what % you put please?
     
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    Say like 1ml or so of 9M HCL in a 500ml volume trace mix.


    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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    Many thanks again Tom for your answer
     
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