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  • Penny dog water alge
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    01-25-2010, 11:34 AM
Originally Posted by RiosDad    
hydrogen peroxide added to the water in a trough prevents algie and will not harm the horses.. I used it for one year and it seemed to work fine.
I use muriatic acid in the troughs to wash them out weekly. It really cuts the algie and makes the tank look like new
After like 30 minutes Peroxide simplly turns in to water. That's why its kept in the dark bottle. As long as you werent using like GALLONS of it, and the horses waited a half hour or so to drink it, Peroxide would be fine.

If you have any luck with the penny thing please let me know! What an interesting idea!
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    01-25-2010, 05:56 PM
I have about 10 100 to 500 gallon troughs and two things work well here in Texas.

1> Goldfish--I use them in the bigger tanks and they sure like to eat the algea and the tanks stay clean.

2> for the smaller tanks I use copper sulfate--most feed stores down here sell it-- follow the directions carefully and life is good. The one I use has been tested and approved for livestock.

Overflow the tanks each time you fill them. Good for the fresh water and good for the horses feet when its dry down here.
    01-29-2010, 08:43 PM
Green Broke
Wow I haven't heard this in relation to algae before - but strangely have heard that pennies in the water buckets suppress a mare's heat cycle. I believe it's an old cowboy myth, however. I always kept goldfish in the water troughs growing up. Now I just scrub the tank weekly with ACV, haven't had a speck of algae since I've used this method.
    01-29-2010, 09:57 PM
I just take a brush and clean tanks.. no algae problem. I work 2 jobs and still have time to do this. I'm not comfortable with putting stuff in the water
    01-31-2010, 12:18 PM
Here my well have quite a bit of Iron algae. I bleach the well about once a year to help cut down on it.

I find that with about 2-3 horses/100 gal tank the water last about 3 days if I fill it up and then let them drink it down to the point it is easy to dump. So it gets dumped washed out and cleaned every 2-3 days through out the summer. Not so much through the winter but it dose not need it as much in colder weather.

As nice at is might sound to put all this stuff in the tank to clean it or keep it clean. I find that in the end it is just as easy and a lot cheaper to just dump the tank when there is a few inch of water left clean it out and refile. The horses really like it much better too as they drink a lot more that way.

I know this might not be possible for all areas but if you can fill a tank you should be able to clean it unless it is one of those really large ones.
    01-31-2010, 01:18 PM
Err... Why not take the pennies to the store and spend them?

Modern pennies are made with only a thin plating of copper over a cheaper metal - zinc, I think. If you're hoping for some dissolved copper in the water, I think it'd be better to use some scraps of copper water pipe.

However, I have to wonder just how much copper is going to get into the water. A lot of older - 100 years or more - houses use copper water pipe, and I'd think that if it dissolved at all, then after a century or so those pipes would be full of holes.
    01-31-2010, 04:37 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
Actually, it's perfectly safe. I drink it whiten my teeth (even though it tastes like fish), I clean my fish tank with it, wash cuts with it... Couldn't live without the stuff.

If you drink too much though, it will make you throw up. Gave it to my dog once when he had eaten some ant poison. But, diluted in water, it won't do a thing.
Wow, I never knew there were so many uses for it! I would totally try the teeth whitening thing if the taste of fish didn't make me sick.

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