I am at our place in East Texas for a couple of days and while out in the boat fishing on the property I noticed some nice looking plants that had reached the surface. As the water is so cold I have no idea if they would survive in my tank, but they look like they might be ludwigia of some sort. I cleaned them up well and will trim the bottom half off before I plant them. My question is would there be any risk of spreading anything to the other plants that could cause a problem? What sort of dip would one use to cleanse them?
It's completely safe to use wild plants. You just have to clean them first. Usually what I do is take them out of pond. Then lay them on the sidewalk or road and use your outdoor hose and spray of the plants, 90% of the time I see a bug come off. Once you rinsed them fill a container with pure H2O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide) and soak the plants for 10-20 seconds. Then rinse them off GOOD under your faucet and put them in your tank.
100% H2O2 will rapidly dissolve a human body, leaving only dental fillings and jewelry.
I think beauty supply shops sell concentrations up to 12% (V40 cosmetic grade), if you're not interested in obliterating evidence.
We use 30% at work for sterilization purposes. Man is that stuff nasty! Get a little on your skin and it bleaches your skin and turns the spot bright white. And it burns and itches. I have no doubt that extended contact times would do some serious damage!
As far as wild plants, i think i may do this this year. I live right on the lake, and its a shallow lake, that gets extremely "weedy". While fishing I have seen several varieties of plants that i thought looked pretty cool. Im not sure how well some will work, because I doubt my lights will be bright enough for some of them. But I think it will be a cool experiment. Just have to decide which tank I want to allocate to this "experiment". haha