Erythromycin for BGA treatment

Discussion in 'Algae' started by Themuleous, 22 Oct 2008.

  1. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

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    I've got a very stubborn case of BGA in my work tank that won't shift so I'm going to get some Erythromycin. Not the planted tank way of doing things, but I know it'll work. I can get 60 250mg tablets from the USA. If anyone else is interested, let me know, I'll never use 60 tables so happy to split it with a few people if needs be.

    Sam
     
  2. Dan Crawford

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    What have you done to try and rectify the cause mate?
     
  3. Themuleous

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    All the normal things! Well mostly black out combined with a good tank clean. It could be flow, but the tanks been run for years now and its only started in the last few month so I doubt its a flow problem. Could I guess just be the age of the tank, if I had time a compete strip down and clean would probably solve it, but I really dont have time at the moment.

    Sam
     
  4. JamesC

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    Blackouts work 100% if done correctly. Things like bin liners do let a small amount of light so you have to make sure no light at all gets into the tank. If BGA comes back after a blackout the chances are it'll come back after using anti biotics as well.

    James
     
  5. Dan Crawford

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    You could have a drop in filter flow? have you given it an overhaul?
    Extra nitrates work well too, i know you've upped NO3 before, you could try that combined with good flow.
    A small powerhead may also help, directed so that flow was rushing past it but not directly hitting it?
     
  6. Themuleous

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    Guess those are a possibility, I'll see.

    Cheers guys

    Sam
     
  7. Ed Seeley

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    There are some pretty serious restrictions over the use of antibiotics over here and shipping them from the states would not be very legal I believe. To do it legally you'd need to get them from a vet over here and I don't think they'd prescribe them for an in-tank treatment.
     
  8. Themuleous

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    Point taken, cheers Ed.
     
  9. plantbrain

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    FYI, they do work very well, we, the pill popping Pharm industry folks in the USA...............

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  10. fishgeek

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    you could alwasy try online
    i hate the on line pharmacies because they are non regulated , i wouldnt be surprised if you can collect drugs without a prescription now days

    and if they want a prescription a lot of them have downloadable forms that just need a signature in

    andrew
    they manage to sell drugs including postage and packing cheaper than i can source them wholesale...
     

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