Survival of fish upon removal of cyanide from water

Mariann Gacsi, Ildiko Czegeny, Gabor Nagy, Gaspar Banfalvi

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The effects of potassium cyanide and the removal of cyanide from water in vivo on the survival of fish were investigated. This research was initiated because of the catastrophe that took place at the end of January 2000 in the Carpathian basin, when an enormous amount of cyanide pollution swept through the Samos and Tisza rivers, and then to the Danube. Since nothing was done against the disaster, we have suggested a chemical solution to remove cyanide from waterways (Chem. Innovat. 30 (2000b) 53). Based on experiments, we describe that the most effective and harmless way to remove cyanide and to save the lives of fish from 40 to 160× the lethal doses of cyanide is to use carbogen gas containing 5% carbon dioxide and 95% oxygen followed by aeration with air.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-299
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2005



  • Carbogen gas
  • Cyanide spill
  • Detoxification
  • Guppy test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)

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