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Cleaning plants ?

JazzyJeff

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Right finally getting round too stripping my display tank down, got new substrate ( Tropica) and Silica sand was wondering as I have had a snail invasion if there is anyway of disinfecting the plants that are in the tank before I replant them so as too eradicate the little blighters !!!!!!
 

Steve Smith

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Some say a diluted bleach dip (usual 1:20 ratio) for up to 4 mins, but I've never done this. I've heard some have problems with their plants after too, so really one for trying out on a few plants before doing the whole lot!
 
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how about adding an assassin snail or two, my lfs sells them and they apparently hunt dont and eat other snails!
possibly add a loach of some sort (i used chain/dwarf loaches for this, seemed to work and they are so nice i added a few more even tho my snails had gone!!) :0)
or maybe a dwarf puffer (altho its said the latter can be a tad nippy with other fish)

i asked about bleaching plants before and was advised quite strongly against it!
 

rawr

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I wouldn't recommend using bleach to be honest, it just seems a bit problematic.

As suggested, you could use a few Assassin Snails.

However, what I would recommend is giving the plants a good wash under the tap or in a bucket of water, wash out all the roots, nooks and crannies. Also give the tank and hardscape a good scrub and that should give you a good chance of getting rid.
 

Garuf

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Gas um. Snails are a side effect of over feeding so revise your feeding and see how you go.
 

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