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#26279 - 03/26/04 05:41 AM Potassium Permanganate
Vinosaur Offline
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Registered: 03/25/04
Posts: 128
Loc: North Central IL
I saw the Doug carries Potassium Permanganate in his PSK, and I did some research on line, and the only use I found for PP is in controlling Algea and Bacteria in Koi ponds. Just wondering what application this would be used for in a PSK. Thanks in advance.
If only closed minds came with closed mouths.

#26280 - 03/26/04 05:48 AM Re: Potassium Permanganate

Mate it has a few uses,
Water sterilization, antiseptic and when mixed with sugar it causes a spark (fire).
Hope this helps

#26281 - 03/26/04 09:23 AM Re: Potassium Permanganate


How is it used for water sterilization and as an antiseptic?
Are there any measurments of usage?

#26282 - 03/26/04 02:32 PM Re: Potassium Permanganate

You mix it by colour - dark purple for antiseptic, meths colour (light prurple) for purification.

It's also great for marking snow - a tiny pinch carried by the wind will leave a massive purple stain - in water it's less effective, but better than nothing I guess

#26283 - 03/26/04 05:00 PM Re: Potassium Permanganate
Tjin Offline

Registered: 04/08/02
Posts: 1781
wind and potasium permangate are bad combinations, if it gets in to your eye, you will be blind.

if i rember correctly 2 crystals per quarter for purification and 4 for antiseptic. I have posted the omount of crystals on a potassium permangate long time ago, try to use the search option to check it out.

#26284 - 03/27/04 12:27 AM Re: Potassium Permanganate
Paul810 Offline

Registered: 03/02/03
Posts: 1428
Loc: NJ, USA
Where can you buy it at? A pet store? Or, is it difficult to find?

#26285 - 03/27/04 05:22 AM Re: Potassium Permanganate
Vinosaur Offline
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Registered: 03/25/04
Posts: 128
Loc: North Central IL
I found some on eBay, got 4 ounces of power crystals for like 4.00 plus shipping. if you like I can send some your way in a zip lock. Let me know.
If only closed minds came with closed mouths.

#26286 - 03/27/04 06:03 AM Re: Potassium Permanganate
bat69 Offline

Registered: 02/08/04
Posts: 78
Loc: Fl, USA
go to www.chemistrystore.com they sell it in 2lb jugs cost is around 11.00 us. it's plenty more than you'll ever need!

Just be VERY careful with it, and read the Material Safety Data Sheet thourougly. In its granular state it is a poison, as well as a strong oxidizer.

The granules are very small, much like fine sand. I have dropped some on the countertop and only noticed that i done so when I used a damp towel to clean up and noticed the purple streaks on the towel and the counter. It stains like the dickens.

When first experimenting with it I recommend doing so indoors using latex gloves and goggles. Once youre comfy with handling it just make sure to wipe down all surfaces completely, and wash your hands.

For antiseptic wash/rinse for use on cuts, puncture wounds, abrasions etc, put enough granules an any given amount of water ( 1 cup, quart, or gallon: it makes no difference ) until the water becomes medium/deep pink in color.

For antifungal applications do the same thing as above but add granules until the water is red like blood. Be advised , if used on the feet for athletes foot or other fungal stuff it works like a dream, but will turn your toenails chocolate brown, as well as any callouses.

Since I couldnt find any reliable info on ratios of granules per quart of water for safe-non poisonous water purification for human consumption I dont use it for that.

Hope this helps

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#26287 - 03/27/04 02:49 PM Re: Potassium Permanganate
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Registered: 08/22/01
Posts: 923
Loc: St. John's, Newfoundland
I don't suppose the MSDS is available online anywhere? For those of us who would like to read it before shelling out $11.00 plus shipping for something that could kill us....
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#26288 - 03/28/04 02:26 AM Re: Potassium Permanganate
bountyhunter Offline

Registered: 11/14/03
Posts: 1224
Loc: Milwaukee, WI USA
Considering its potential as a poison, better check postal regulations, especially in todays atmosphere. Some crazy postal inspector may get anxious if the package is searched and they find powdered granules in a zip lock bag.


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