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Summer Time
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buying plants
« on: January 16, 2011, 04:52:32 PM »

Every once in a while I buy a new plant for my goldies to munch on.  The store keeps them in a plant-only tank, and they tell me that they could have snails or snail eggs, but no diseases.  I don't want any snails in my tanks.

How long do I need to soak or quarantine a plant after I bring it home?  I've been rinsing them, then soaking in tap water for 2-3 days in a bucket, but I don't know if that's sufficient.

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Re: buying plants
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2011, 03:18:36 AM »

IF the plants may be carrying some disease, it may be good to keep them separate from the fish for a week or so Smiley In case there would be parasites there, they die without fish as hosts.

But if your method has worked so far, why not continue like that? Smiley
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Re: buying plants
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2011, 07:18:17 AM »

I could just be getting lucky. Maybe the plants have been ok so far, but if I get a bad one, I don't know if my method will be enough to prevent a problem.
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Re: buying plants
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2011, 07:42:58 AM »

Yeah, you never know :/ But if you're buying more hardy plants, like Java fern, who will withstand some salt treatment, you could try adding a normal dose of salt to the quarantine bucket/tank, that should take care of most nasty things Smiley
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Re: buying plants
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2011, 07:58:10 AM »

Summertime, Ask your store where you get your plants from if the have a uv pump system on their plant tank.
Some shops do this to kill off any parasites or organisms that might harm the fish.  But it won't get rid of snails. Smiley
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Re: buying plants
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2011, 08:28:21 AM »

As Nossie said above the salt method usually works. It removes snails and potentially harmful parasites Smiley

"Prevention is usually better than the cure. If buying plants from a local fish shop or even at a CDAS meeting and you donít want to accommodate any hitchhikers then I suggest that you take the following action. Before introducing your plants into the aquarium, make the effort of soaking them in warm salty water. After ten minutes remove the plants and wash thoroughly. This should remove or kill any unwanted gastropod guests. It will also remove potentially harmful parasites such as White Spot (Ich)."

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Re: buying plants
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2011, 02:25:44 PM »

Thanks everyone! I'll try all of these ideas.
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Re: buying plants
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2011, 05:57:02 PM »

This is a very interesting article, Abbie.
Thanks for sharing, karma on your way Cheesy
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Re: buying plants
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2011, 09:16:10 PM »

Thanks Abbie for sharing this link, very useful info regarding snails. Karma ding ding ding ding! you're a winner LOL  Grin I have to say that I also gathered specific info that will be priceless as a future joke regarding the precise location of where snails mate...unbelievable really.
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Re: buying plants
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2011, 10:22:15 PM »

Thanks all Cheesy
Bahahaha April you goose Wink
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Re: buying plants
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2011, 06:28:37 AM »

April, THAT'S NAASTY! xD
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Re: buying plants
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2011, 12:00:14 PM »

I know I'm armed with a side splitter for the next gathering...my brother will pass out from laughter and he's a comedian!
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Re: buying plants
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2011, 01:45:29 PM »

Oh, awesome! Cheesy He does them stand-up performances? Smiley
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Re: buying plants
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2011, 02:44:45 PM »

If you call friends and family the audience Wink He can be quite crude at times which is ok if the atmosphere warrants it, but the one liners - fantastic! I love it and think he's brilliant Grin
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