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So I got some lucky bamboo from my local Bunnings (hardware store/nursery) with the intent to put in two of my HOB filters. Anyway it reeks of fertiliser and I was wondering if it could harm my fish? if so does anyone know of a way to clean it off the bamboo?
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It sure could.
If it came in a plastic basket then remove it.

I have no idea how to decontaminate hazmat bound plants. The first thing that comes to mind is to put it in a container treated with Prime. If that container has a water hyacinth then so much the better.

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It sure could.
If it came in a plastic basket then remove it.

I have no idea how to decontaminate hazmat bound plants. The first thing that comes to mind is to put it in a container treated with Prime. If that container has a water hyacinth then so much the better.


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ID:	845794 Thatís the bamboo still in the container I got it in, itís not a big deal if I canít put it in the filters. unless thereís a surefire way to clean it Iíll probably just put it in a paloderium.

Could you please explain the water hyacinth thing? I didnít understand sorry

Ps. Donít mind my Betta he think Iím going to feed him
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Water hyacinth is used in water purification plants

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So I got some lucky bamboo from my local Bunnings (hardware store/nursery) with the intent to put in two of my HOB filters. Anyway it reeks of fertiliser and I was wondering if it could harm my fish? if so does anyone know of a way to clean it off the bamboo?
I bought those same ones from Bunnings a few years ago. Washed them and left the roots for a day in a bucket of dechlorinated tap water then put them in my tank. They did great. No issues. Make sure the leaves are out of the water, but I guess you know.
Side note: water hyacinth is considered an invasive specie and is prohibited in Victoria. Maybe other states too Water Hyacinth | State prohibited weeds | Weeds | Pests, diseases and weeds | Agriculture | Agriculture Victoria
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I bought those same ones from Bunnings a few years ago. Washed them and left the roots for a day in a bucket of dechlorinated tap water then put them in my tank. They did great. No issues. Make sure the leaves are out of the water, but I guess you know.

Side note: water hyacinth is considered an invasive specie and is prohibited in Victoria. Maybe other states too Water Hyacinth | State prohibited weeds | Weeds | Pests, diseases and weeds | Agriculture | Agriculture Victoria

Im happy to hear the bamboo worked so well for you. Iím still kinda unsure about it tho as thereís always a chance they changed their fertiliser at some point. Although it is probably just paranoia, I think Iíll do the same as you but leave it for a week in the container and do regular water changes (canít be too careful) Iíll decide whether to put it in my filters after that.

Ahh thanks good to know about the water hyacinth, Iíve never seen it for sale here in the act and I know weíre pretty strict on invasive species. so while it seems useful sounds like a no go.
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