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post #1 of 3 Old 03-21-2011, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
Soap?

Why is soap so toxic to fish? I was just wondering.

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post #2 of 3 Old 03-22-2011, 08:47 AM
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Soaps and detergents are surfactants/emulsifiers. They combine with a variety of molecules and break large chunks of "dirt" into smaller ones. Because of the soap's chemistry, these smaller pieces are able to be grabbed by water molecules and lifted away. This reaction would apply to stuff like a fish's slime covering! Soap also isn't so pure, it also has various fragrances, lotions, and/or anti-bacterial agents. These extras can cause as many problems as the soap. Exactly how it's toxic, sorry - I don't know the biochemistry there! For more detailed chemical info on soaps, you may want to try googling "how does soap work". Several good sites popped up.
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post #3 of 3 Old 03-22-2011, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
Why it is toxic is my qeustion and thank you for the info I will google that

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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