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Old 08-09-2013, 12:48 AM   #1
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I ended up with columnaris in my qt tank. The whole tank will be taken apart, cleaned, bleached, rinsed, rinsed rinsed, new filter pad, re cycled for new fish later on.


Now how do I go about treating some of the plants. Most of them I can just toss as I have a lot in the main tanks, but the guppy grass is only in the QT and I dont want to toss it out. I had a hard time getting my hands on it.

So how do I take care of the guppy grass so it will be safe for fish later on.

Currently its sitting in a bucket of cold water, I was thinking perhaps a salt dip? But will the plant live threw that?"
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Is the tank water soft? I've read that columnaris can survive in hard, alkaline water for up to 16 days (25C), but less in softer water.
If it were me, I would just rinse the guppy grass under tap water real quick and then toss it back in the QT after it's been cleaned, then turn up the temp on the QT.
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Is the tank water soft? I've read that columnaris can survive in hard, alkaline water for up to 16 days (25C), but less in softer water.
If it were me, I would just rinse the guppy grass under tap water real quick and then toss it back in the QT after it's been cleaned, then turn up the temp on the QT.

Turning up the temp for columnaris just makes it worse.
Salt is a good way to kill it, but I am unsure if the plant will live threw it.

My mom has a tinny tid bit as well as a friend, so I can always start growing it again, but I rather not toss a HUGE softball sized bit of it.
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It makes it worse if fish are still in the tank. Here's an excerpt from a journal article I read:

"Ross and Smith found that survival of F. columnare in static, sterile river water was directly related to temperature, with a higher survival percentage at lower temperatures."

Here's the article if you wanted to read the whole thing:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3648355/
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