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what to dip new plants in

Discussion in 'Algae Control' started by outbackdean, Mar 4, 2005.

  1. outbackdean

    outbackdean Junior Poster

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    hi
    what do you dip new plants in so you donot get snail eggs ,etc transfered into your tank from the plant suppliers

    Thanking you
    Dean (outback OZ)
     
  2. Greg Watson

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    Re: what to dip new plants in

    Many of us have fish that seem to solve most of the problem ... my wife thinks snails are Cichlid Treats ... so she's not happy when she can't find any in my tanks ...

    Seriously ... my personal opinion is that fish are the best antidote to snails as opposed to a chemical ... but ... in some cases, that's not an option ...

    The two most common snail treatments are a bleach treatment or an Alum treatment ... and I'm not a fan of the bleach treatment ...

    Bleach ... use approximately 1 part of chlorine to 19 parts of water ... dip your plants for 30 seconds (in my opinion trying not to dip any roots), then rinse aggressively in water with a dechlor added ...

    Alum ... 1 tsp of alum in 1 gallon water (you can get this cheap at any pharmacy and many grocery stores) ... soak your plants overnight ...

    You will also find a lot of historical recommendations for Potassium Permanganate, which is getting pretty tough to almost impossible to find now ...

    Of course ... I still like small clown loaches best ... and when they get old and lazy, take them to your local aquatic fish club auction ...

    Greg
     
  3. Gill Man

    Gill Man Prolific Poster

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    Re: what to dip new plants in

    Jungle Aquaclear is potassium permanganate. I've killed enough plants with hydrogen peroxide treatments, I've given up on any sort of dipping treatment. I still use it to sanitize wood, filter outlet pieces and other inanimate objects.
     
  4. Cornhusker

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    Re: what to dip new plants in

    :) greg's suggestion of using alum is best and safest. good ol bleach for every thing else, including driftwood as long as rinsed well and soaked in water and treated with seachem PRIME. someone needs to come up with real good snail trap ,!ah greg . regards,cornhusker
     
  5. JadeButterfly

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    Re: what to dip new plants in

    I think Gill Man is referring to Jungle Clear Water. :)
     
  6. Jeff Bodin

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    Re: what to dip new plants in

    I had a massive snail problem at one point - then a couple of years ago I got some _very_small_ FW puffers. I haven't seen a snail since (and the puffers have long since gone).

    - Jeff
     
  7. JadeButterfly

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    Re: what to dip new plants in

    hey Jeff. what kinda puffer did you get?

    I've also had a snail problem going on.

    my tank is carpeted mainly with glossos.
    as u can imagine..that can be a bit of a problem.

    I was always told to get a clown loach.
    but many have told me that they will like to play in my glosso and uproot them...can't afford that :)
     
  8. aquabillpers

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    Re: what to dip new plants in

    Jade,

    I've found that kribs do a great job of removing snails without bothering the other fish or plants. Just don't let them breed; they get very protective then. Keep only one sex.

    Bill
     
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