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Has bleach dip totally killed my plants

So the plants I have taken from one tank to use in another new one we’re covered in algae , I’ve never tried a bleach dip before and decided what the heck and give it a go...

I followed the videos online, 19 parts water to 1 bleach and 2 minutes with a timer .

The Anubius looks amazing and it’s worked a treat, everything else, Java Moss (can’t remember the name of the other plants that aren’t moss ) are looking like they’re melting away and the moss is looking a greeny yellow colour.

Does this mean that they are dead or dieing or should they recover in time with plenty of light, ferts and co2 ?

They have been like this for about a week now so unsure if to Rip them out or leave them in
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So the plants I have taken from one tank to use in another new one we’re covered in algae , I’ve never tried a bleach dip before and decided what the heck and give it a go...

I followed the videos online, 19 parts water to 1 bleach and 2 minutes with a timer .

The Anubius looks amazing and it’s worked a treat, everything else, Java Moss (can’t remember the name of the other plants that aren’t moss ) are looking like they’re melting away and the moss is looking a greeny yellow colour.

Does this mean that they are dead or dieing or should they recover in time with plenty of light, ferts and co2 ?

They have been like this for about a week now so unsure if to Rip them out or leave them in
Probably not a great sign. Haven't tried bleach but I've not had much luck trying to use various other chemicals on mosses. Usually that green-yellow color will start turning light tan/whitish as it dies off and then it's pretty much done.

What I've done lately is to just rinse it in my hand under a somewhat strong-ish flow of tap water to try to get as much out as I can mechanically and then let it sit over night in chlorinated tap maybe with just a very little Excel or peroxide added. Haven't lost any yet that way. Doesn't always get all of the algae out but usually knocks it back enough that it then gradually dies off. Depends on the algae too I suppose. I'm mostly fighting an ugly brown string algae in this case which rinses out pretty well and responds as above.
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