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Old 04-01-2013, 02:40 PM   #1 
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What is PP?

I've read that betta owners should have "PP" on hand, but that's the last time I've heard anything about it. I've learned that "PP" is Potassium Permangate, but that doesn't answer the question! I haven't seen it for sale in the LFS, and I've never seen any instruction on what it's used for & how to use it.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:48 PM   #2 
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I'm not sure what it is, and I've never hear that Betta owners should have it. I have heard, however, that Betta owners should have aquarium salt on hand just in case.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:49 PM   #3 
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It's a chemical (duh) that is considered fairly safe and is used to sanitize plants. I believe it is fish safe but don't quote me.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:52 PM   #4 
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I think people also use it as a bath/treatment for various ailments. I've never had any use for it, so really I think it's a stretch that all betta owners should have it on hand.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:53 PM   #5 
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PP is used to treat certain parasitic conditions like ick and velvet that are external.

It is also a good disinfectant for new plants, decorations previously used in a tank, etc, to ensure that bad bio isn't being imported into the tank.

It is fairly nasty to use, and takes some reading to get to know it, because it's not really dosed like a "normal" medication. It can also stain just about anything it touches!
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:55 PM   #6 
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Things to keep on hand at all times
•Extra nets and 1 gallon containers
•Aquarium Salt (Aq.Salt)
•Epsom Salt (ES)
•Potassium Permanganate (PP)
•Quarantine tank (QT)

This is a quote from a sticky on the "Betta Diseases & Emergencies" board. I have all but the PP, and it makes me nervous. I can send a message to the OP, if s/he is still an active member.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:57 PM   #7 
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PP is used to treat certain parasitic conditions like ick and velvet that are external.

It is also a good disinfectant for new plants, decorations previously used in a tank, etc, to ensure that bad bio isn't being imported into the tank.

It is fairly nasty to use, and takes some reading to get to know it, because it's not really dosed like a "normal" medication. It can also stain just about anything it touches!
It is also quite useful in treating internal parasites and bacterial infections and open sores.
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To say that it is required is a bi stress. I have been fish keeping for a long time now and I've never needed it,
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:59 PM   #9 
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My next question was: what should I use to sanitize my tanks/filters/decor for storage?
I consolodated my fish into "only" 3 tanks (down from 6). One of the tanks is a 10-gallon that I used as a spawn tank, but the spawn failed. I pretty much decidded to soak it with a few drops of bleach (which destroys everyhting it touches, too).
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:00 PM   #10 
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PP is generally only used as a last resort treatment I believe. Many people prefer to try more natural treatments such as aq salt, epsom salts, banana leaf extract, IAL etc. Generally it is best to try natural treatment first and then move on to medications if the natural way does not work.
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