I have been battling small outbreaks with hydra here and there, probably from my bad habit of occasionally overfeeding and maybe from adding new plants. I read that this "Bausman's FIsh Tonic" will effectively kill hydra while not poisoning the tank with heavy medications, and is in fact a tried and true "tonic," good to boost general health and as a prophylactic against fish ailments. Although the advertising makes it sound a little like a snake-oil medicinal from a bygone era, I looked up the ingredients: methylthionine chloride, acetylsalicylic acid, sodium chloride, sodium potassium bromide, magnesium carbonate, tricalcium phosphate. It seems fairly innocuous, but I have never used methylene blue, or aspirin in my tank and I have limited experience with salts, too. There are folks who seem to think it was effective and did not harm their fish or system, (it's a "tonic," afterall, lol!) but I am wondering if you have any experience with malawi cichlids and this product. Also, I added a couple synodontis petricola (or maybe they are lucippinis?) and I am still learning about them, so I have concerns about them being sensitive, etc.
What do you think? Is it something you might recommend or is there another way to rid my tank of these hydra? What is your assessment of the general "tonic" claim? Would any of these ingredients harm the BB in the tank?
As always, thanks for sharing your expertise!!!