NOTE : Since this list was prepared some of these known aquarium
treatments, together with some of their active ingredients, may have
been withdrawn from the market or now not be generally available.
BELL BATTERY: Strip 150mm of insulation from 1m Bell Wire.
Connect to the positive end of a 9v battery.
Place the stripped wire at one end of the tank. Do the same
with the negative. Leave working for 1 hour.
Repeat 3 times at 2 week intervals.
Following each treatment, change 25% of the water.
Please Note: This treatment will affect the plants burning
off any brown or dead parts.
All snail treatments must be repeated at least three times
at fortnightly intervals as snail eggs are not affected and
one must wait for them to hatch.
BIO-START: A commercial product that enhances and accelerates filter
biological action in decomposing waste. INTERPET.
BLANC-KIT: A commercial product to control Blanketweed. INTERCEL. CLARIFIN: A commercial Pond Water Clarifier. Clears cloudy water,
accelerates decomposition. TETRA.
CONTRASPOT: A commercial treatment for White Spot. TETRA MEDICA.
COOKING SALT: A 2% solution = 20 grammes per litre of water.
Immerse fish for 8 hours.
Remove sooner if fish shows distress.
Raise temperature, supply aeration.
7 day treatment programme:
1st day 7gm of salt per litre.
2nd day drain 50% of the water and top up with fresh
water containing 11gm salt per litre.
3rd day drain 50% top up with fresh water with
13gm of salt perlitre.
4th day top up 50% fresh water with 17gm of salt
a litre, raise temperature and aerate.
Repeat after 7 days if necessary.
CURE BY WATER CHANGING: Change all the water every day.
Do this for seven days. Keep any filters running
continuously especially the biological type.
Raise temperature and aerate.
See 'FINCARE' a fresh water neutraliser.
CYCLE: A commercial bacteriological agent that promotes and speeds up the
natural biological action in the aquarium and filters. HAGEN.
FINCARE: A commercial water neutralising and stress relieving agent.
FINROT AQUARIUM: A commercial Finrot treatment. TETRA MEDICA.
FORMALDEHYDE 30%: A commercial wide ranging treatment for various
fish diseases. N.T. LABORATORIES.
FRIARS BALSAM: Dry the area to be treated with baby buds or kitchen
towelling. Apply Balsam to area with a baby bud.
Repeat several times over an hour to build up a covering
FUNGISTOP: A commercial Fish Fungus treatment. TETRA MEDICA.
GILL-WASH: A commercial treatment for gill flukes and infections.
GREENAWAY: A commercial chemical that controls green water in ponds by
flocculation. The coagulated algae which sinks to the bottom
of the pond must be removed or the condition will quickly
IODINE: Dilute 1 drop Iodine with 9 of water. Remove fish, touch Fish Louse
or Leech with a baby bud or matchstick dipped in the Iodine until it
comes off. Do not pull Leech off with tweezers.
Keep Iodine off of unaffected areas of body. Use Vaseline to cover
and protect wound from secondary infection.
MALACHITE GREEN: Stock Solution = 1cc in 450cc of distilled water stored
in the dark. Treat with 2cc a litre of stock solution.
Supply aeration. Immerse fish for one hour.
Remove sooner if fish shows extreme distress.
It is reported that this is a mild carcinogenic chemical.
MEDIFIN: A commercial general treatment for pond fishes only.
Not to be used with some other treatments. TETRA.
MELAFIX: A commercial treatment for several ailments.
METHYLENE BLUE: Stock Solution = 1 gramme in 100cc distilled water
stored in the dark. Fish to be immersed for 14 days.
1st day add 2cc of Stock Solution per litre of water.
2nd day repeat dosage. If water colour fades add Stock
Solution to colour as required. Raise temperature
and add light aeration.
NITRATE TEST KIT: INTERPET.
PHOS-KIT: Phosphate Test Kit INTERCEL.
pH ADJUSTER: Two adjusting kits: one acid and one for alkaline.
Use 'Pond Check' to check results. INTERPET.
PIMAFIX: A commercial treatment for viral ailments.
POND BALANCE: A commercial chemical to effect a bacterial balance in
a pond and control Blanketweed. INTERPET.
POND CHECK: A test kit to check acidic and alkaline (pH) levels. INTERPET.
POND DISINFECTANT: A general disinfectant for plants and equipment.
Can be used to treat a complete pond without
removing the fish or plants.
POTASSIUM DICHROMATE: Stock Solution = 1 gramme in 99cc of distilled
water stored in the dark.
Add 5cc of Stock Solution for each litre of
water. Raise temperature and aerate.
Immerse fish for 7 days.
Remove sooner if in distress.
REVITE: A stress and recovery chemical aid. Use on stressed fish or those
that have just been treated for disease. TETRA MEDICA.
VASELINE: Dry ulcer area with baby buds etc. Lightly smear area of ulcer
with Vaseline. Repeat on alternate days.
Dry area of body to be treated, lightly smear area around wound,
Leech orFish Louse, to be treated with Vaseline.
Then treat the problem with the chemical.
TOTAL BREAKDOWN: Remove all the fish and other animals and plants.
Disinfect the pond and all filters.
The biological action of biological filters will be lost
until they are re-established.
Treat the fish and plants.
Flush out the pond and filters several times and leave
to thoroughly dry out. See 'CYCLE' to speed
the re-establishment of a biological filter.
ULTRA VIOLET: Fit a commercial encased Ultra Violet (U.V.) tube into an
existing filter system before the main filter.
Tubes must be the correct wattage for the amount of pond
water being treated; they require a 240volt power supply
and it is recommended that the tubes are replaced annually.
U.V. not only kills algae but also pathogens and parasites
and fish become use to this protection and in time are
reported to lose their natural immunity.
You must ensure that water does not pass through the U.V.
too fast for it to have any effect, you may have to introduce
a bypass if the filter serves a waterfall.
If treating a pond with chemicals switch off the U.V. during
treatment, as the U.V. can break down some chemical action.
WARNING: Do not view an exposed Ultra Violet tube with the
naked eye, when powered up and alight, it will
damage the retina and can cause blindness.
WOUND SEAL: A commercial waterproof sealant that seals wounds and aids
healing following the appropriate treatment.
© FBAS 2004 RCM/RDE Pond Care Sheet 9 1/1