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Old 03-21-2013, 11:48 AM   #1
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Wild Plants for the Aquarium


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?
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:29 PM   #2
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I would recommend cleaning them somehow- I put a water hiacynth from a pnd in my tank and lost several fish from what i think was a bacterial infection.
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Old 03-21-2013, 01:34 PM   #3
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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.
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fill a container with pure H2O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide)
Where do you get 100% Peroxide? I can only seem to find 3% in a viable amount to use for soaking things. I've seen up to 11% for tooth whitening products.
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I meant pure as in don't mix it with water in the container, the 3% is fine.
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Where do you get 100% Peroxide? I can only seem to find 3% in a viable amount to use for soaking things. I've seen up to 11% for tooth whitening products.
I'm sure he mean 3% H2O2, but undiluted.

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.
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100% H2O2 will rapidly dissolve a human body, leaving only dental fillings and jewelry.
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:33 PM   #8
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I'm sure he mean 3% H2O2, but undiluted.

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
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