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Can New Plants Contaminate?

Discussion in 'Aquatic Plants & Planted Tanks' started by Anonymous, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. Anonymous

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    This is a newbie question, but I was wondering if new plants should be quarantined?

    I've heard of new fish and rocks contaminating a tank, and I assume maybe plants could present a danger, too?
     
  2. Anthony

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    It's a good idea. Often time if you get plants from pet stores and those plants are in tanks with sick fish a disease may be present on the plant itself or in the water that comes with it.
     
  3. Keuzeserver

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    If I buy new plants I allways set them in an seperated tank for at least 14 days. Most of the time I refresh the water of the tank too at least 2 times.
     
  4. Anthony

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    Yeah. It wouldn't hurt to add plant safe medications to the water either, if you're really paranoid. Hehe
     
  5. Keuzeserver

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    I know the best solution, you should cook them like the rocks :)
     
  6. Anthony

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    I'm sure some nice boiled plants would look really nice in your aquarium. :)
     
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  8. Anthony

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    i dont think id ever attempt to use bleach on plants
     
  9. dig317537

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    i don't use the bleach method either i use the alum version to remove the microscopic bugs and snails algae is the least of my concern cause if you have a good filter algae normally clears itself and fish and inverts eat so i think algae is ok
     
  10. Anthony

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    Yeah, the algae wouldn't worry me. I really never thought about parasites or anything hitching a ride on plants before. Luckily the people I purchased plants online from had healthy tanks.
     
  11. Jake

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    my fish love those algae sheets you get at petsmart
     
  12. Anonymous

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    I just got some java moss in the mail. First, or all let me tell you it smells terrible from being in that hot, wet bag, whewwww. So, I am soaking it in some fresh water now and I plan on rinsing it really well, is there anything else I need to do?
     
  13. Anonymous

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    Also I forgot to ask how do you "plant" this stuff?
     
  14. Anthony

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    Hopefully it doesn't die from the heat.

    With java moss you just have to anchor it down with a rock or tie it to something. It will quickly attach itself to something. I push my finger in the substrate and just push a bit of the java moss down like that.
     
  15. noshow discus

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    make a good thick batch or ick cure and soak em in it for 30 mins the rinse the heck out of them pretty much kills anything except for maybe a few sanil eggs
     
  16. Anonymous

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    What snail eggs? They are supposed to be "guaranteed" snail free! Ill let you knw how true that statement is or isnt.
     
  17. Anonymous

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    You can use a bleach dip 1 part bleach to 20 parts water or use Potassim Permangenate with the bleach dip make sure you only dip the actual plant not the roots and be sure to then put them in a bucket with some dechlored water, prime is what I use:)
     
  18. MOD_Dawn

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    DEFINATELY avoid the bleach method, My husband caught a note stating I was going to clean up and rearrange my 90...anyways he thought he'd do me a favor and wash up the plants with a 15:1 water to bleach 2 minute soak and refresh them in a good 10 minute soak of water and Prime. Well he replaced them back in my tank and within 24 hours most of them were mushy looking and everything breathing was at the top of my tank gasping! When I came home I immediately removed all the plants, replaced filter media, and did a major water change. I now have a plantless tank! He's soo lucky he was trying to do something nice or there would have been serious repercussions!
    I'm now in the market for some low-medium light plants needless to say :(
     
  19. Anonymous

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    The bleach method works you just can't dip the roots:)
     
  20. Front Man

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    There is no such thing as guaranteed snail free - I found out the hard way. My advise is to quarantine the plants for 2 weeks after dipping them in the bleach solution mentioned. The last thing you want are snails or disease.