Sterilizing new plants.

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by jaycat, 28 Jun 2008.

  1. jaycat

    jaycat Member

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    Hi everyone, :)

    I'm new to your forum, not new to fish keeping, but new to fauna within the aquarium.
    I have recently been given some plants by a kind member of another fish forum, and I need to sterilize them before they go into my tank. Not too keen on the idea of bleach, and I can't get hold of Potasium Permangonate (hope I spelt that correct!) chemist around my way don't sell it. I have sterizen, is that any good? Or what do you guys use? I'm not keen on having pest snails in my tank if I can help it. Would appreciate your advice please.

    Many thanks, :)
     
  2. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    Hi Jaycat and welcome :D ,

    I have never sterilised plants before but i always give them a thorough wash and look for any eggs or snalis, obviuosly this is harder for grass species like eleocharis
     
  3. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi,
    Ditto. Just wash them off in tap and feel for vermin with your fingers. Whatever chemical you use to sterlize also damages the plant.

    Cheers,
     
  4. Matt Holbrook-Bull

    Matt Holbrook-Bull Founder

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    I just remove dead/squashed/melted leaves, trim the roots a bit and bung them straight in. I quite like snails so I leave eggs on! Got a nice pair of free ramshorn snails that way!
     
  5. jaycat

    jaycat Member

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    Many thanks, do the eggs feel like jelly, kind of?

    Please forgive the maybe obvious questions! :oops:
     
  6. johnny70

    johnny70 Member

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    If you do want to bleach dip( as pointed out this can damage some plants) use a 5% solution of bleach, dip for a couple of mins, then have a bucket of water with 3x normal dose of de-clorinator, rinse in this for a few mins then into a normal bath of water, job done. I have done this way and PP, I find PP does less damgae to the plants, but either way, no snails or nasties survive

    JOHNNY
     
  7. REDSTEVEO

    REDSTEVEO Member

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    HI,

    I tried five different chemists in Ellesmere Port to find Potassium Permangamate and none of them had it. But at least two of them said they could get it for the next morning and that was at 4:30 in the afternoon. It was waiting for me at 9am the next morning. £1.75 for a tub of 150 grams.

    Get them to order it for you its much better than using bleach or having snails in your tank!

    See the journal on fallen wilderness to see pictures on how to use it.

    Cheers

    Steve
     
  8. johnny70

    johnny70 Member

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    eBay is also your friend:D

    JOHNNY
     

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