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Best Way to Get Rid of Plant Hitch Hikers?

I'm starting up a new tank, and I was wondering about the best way to cleanse plants. My other tanks got scuds that hitch hiked on plants, and I want to avoid it happening to the new tank.
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i always use soda-water water and let the plants rinse in it for 1 night
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Potassium permanganate for hydra, snails, and other critters. Hydrogen peroxide for algae.

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I forgot all about hitch hikers and now I have some tiny pond snails cruising around.They don't know it yet ,but they are part of a feast planned for the soon to be added assassin snails.
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Potassium permanganate for hydra, snails, and other critters. Hydrogen peroxide for algae.
I think that I may go this route. Does potassium permanganate definitely take care of scuds?
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I think that I may go this route. Does potassium permanganate definitely take care of scuds?
Watch out, it'll take care of your plants too if you leave the plants are in the solution long enough.

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I think that I may go this route. Does potassium permanganate definitely take care of scuds?
Not sure about scuds but it wouldn't hurt to try. If the potassium permanganate doesn't kill them, the H2O2 dip will.

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Watch out, it'll take care of your plants too if you leave the plants are in the solution long enough.
I've accidentally left mosses, stems, and other plants in the solution for far too long (45-60 minutes) and they were alright afterwards. Some sources even state to dip for as long as 90 minutes. But for most cases, a 20-30 minute dip will suffice. H2O2 is what you have to be careful with. It will cook moss and other plants if they are left too long in the dip.

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+1 for KMnO4. They are relatively safe if your solution has a pink (NOT PURPLE) color. Dip them in for 15-20 mins and rewash with water + dechlorinator x2 and they are good to go.
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I got 2 assassin snails and all of the pond snails that hitchhiked to my tank have dissapeared(=
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