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This is just a thought currently but I’ve been converting filtered water into hydrogen water to drink everyday. Based on what I’ve learned it’s very beneficial for the human body. I know aquarium fish are not mammals but it can’t to try. I have a 10 gallon that I’m thinking of putting 10 gallons of hydrogen water with a glass lid on top of the aquarium, so the hydrogen gas does not go through. I would aquascape the aquarium as usual and maybe put guppies as they are good experimental fish in my experience. Any thoughts?

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I would not personally try this. I'll explain why, with some caveats. But I do not mean to be negative or discouraging. Hopefully as you read, you'll understand that I appreciate your enthusiasm for scientific experimentation...

(1) H20 + H2 = "hydrogen water." It appears that this does not occur in nature very frequently. H2 is a stable gas that can be infused, to some degree, into H20. Here is a quick look at one simple analysis of its tendency in water. However, H2 is lighter than the normal composition of "air" (typically ca. 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen) resulting, I suspect, in a simple gas-off. When ingested into the human body through drinking fluids, however, H2 _may_ have some beneficial anti-oxidant effects. There is a lot of hype... studies are in the earliest stages... hard to say. But it appears that H2 is produced largely through industrial means rather than by nature.

(2) While it is true that all innovations result from some sort of untried processes, it is more certain that proven techniques result in proven results more reliably. Right now, there is more than a century of research and innovation that has already gone into aquaculture. The motivations behind this research has been a passionate and frenzied fuel for study -- from financial success, to highly specialized breeding programs, to academic clout -- all of which is to say, honestly, there are very few genuinely new innovations to make versus old innovations to perfect, rediscover, adapt, etc. For example, I am interested in Aquaponics. I have just dipped my toe in (you can see a tiny journal here) but I have also uploaded a massive study done on aquaponics farming here. I could spend most of the rest of my life just scratching the surface of what has already been discovered by way of proven practice there. All of which is to say: no one who is without serious data is going to shout you down [please know -- that is _not_ what I am trying to do here], but at the same time it is wise to investigate things that have already been shown to be beneficial to aquatic life. In general terms, I recommend increasing the amount of dissolved oxygen (O2) in water via air-stones, sponge filters, spray-bars, or HOB filters breaking the water surface as a best practice for increasing fish health.

(3) The pet-keeper / fish-breeder in me remains nervous about experimentation. I really don't like to risk animal life without a clear objective. But the wanna-be scientist in me says "GO FOR IT!" I am however reminded of the "Oxygen Destroyer" in the original Godzilla movie down in Dr. Serizawa's lab, where all of the fish in his tank were executed to prove the efficacy of what he'd been working on. It turned into an effective way to deal with the MUTO in the ocean, but it certainly was not conducive for propagating life in an aquarium...

 

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On 1/20/2024 at 11:37 PM, NickD said:

@Fish Folkso through reading and analyzing this are you saying it hasn’t been proved to further help fish? Therefore, I should not do it?

Just speaking personally… not saying anything one way or the other to you…

Because there are already many more tested, proven aquaculture methods to adopt into my hobby, I don’t worry about testing new ideas very often.

But if you do… I hope that you take excellent notes, and share your complete research results! 

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