Oxine in duck tank--why?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by KatGold, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. KatGold

    KatGold Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi folks,

    Forgive me if this is a ridiculous question, but I cannot figure this out.

    I was cleaning the duck pond this morning and was about to dump in a little Oxine. But then it occurred to me that maybe that's a bad idea. I use the duck water (liquid fertilizer) on my fruit trees. Won't the Oxine damage the benefit I get from all that lovely, disgusting, duck water?

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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I usually use the water then when putting fresh water in I use the oxine or add some after a couple of days but I always measure the amount like 1/4 cup to a 50gal stock tank I don't think a small amt of oxine would hurt the fruit trees.
     
  3. KatGold

    KatGold Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, I'm sorry, I was unclear with my wording.

    I am not worried about the Oxine itself hurting the fruit trees at all. My question is about the microbrial life.

    It's the microbrial life that makes that duck water so wonderful for the trees, but isn't it also the microbrial life that the Oxine is going to eliminate? So, but cleaning up my duck tank, don't I the reduce effectiveness of the duck-made fertilizer (which is one reason I keep the ducks).
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    You know when i go to clean out the duck tank it sure looks like all the good stuff is still there, lol I really don't know what the Oxine does to the water but you might want to look into H202 35% food grade to add, I use it more often than the oxine and it is actually good for plants giving them benifical oxygen. I also add a tad to their drinking water. [mine too]
     

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