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cheri_alexander
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Sterilizing plants
« on: February 20, 2012, 08:03:57 PM »

My tropical fish all went to new homes today so I'd like to transfer some of the very nice plants into my large tank BUT one platy and one of the six tetras had suspicious white specks last week that went away after two salt baths. So how do I do about sterilizing the plants? I salted the tank with a .3% solution to kill off any remaining snails, will that be enough? What about washing them in something like vinegar? I don't have bleach on hand (yuck) but I can get some. I also thought of soaking them in a solution of Rid-Ich and Melafix? I want to be 110% sure I am not transfering anything to the main tank. Thanks.
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nabi
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Re: Sterilizing plants
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2012, 07:33:00 PM »

You can use a diluted solution of potassium permanganate to sterilize plants of  diseases and snails. Use a solution of half tablespoon in one gallon of water and soak for about 15 minutes. Thoroughly rinse the plants with clean water afterward to remove any traces of chemical.

As far as getting rid of any remaining snail and eggs in the tank, you can use a weak diluted solution of chlorine bleach. Use the regular bleach instead, not one mixed with detergents since detergents can leave residue that are difficult to remove.  Thoroughly rinse the tank afterward and let it air dry.  Once you refill the tank again, use an extra amount of conditioner to make sure all the chlorine bleach is neutralized.
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cheri_alexander
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Re: Sterilizing plants
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2012, 07:54:36 PM »

Thanks Nabi.
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