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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-19-2010, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning Plants / Snail Prevention

I realize this seems to be a common question but I really couldn't find a definitive answer out there (I searched and also looked to the FAQ). How do all of you prep your plants prior to going in the aquarium? I have a large batch of plants coming and would like to understand the best way to prep them prior to going in so that I don't end up with a snail infestation, etc.

On my first planted tank I used a bleach mixture but to be honest I haven't had the best luck with those plants that were given a bleach bath. No snails, but the plants were shocked by the process I think.

I've also read that a Potassium permanganate bath could do the trick as well. I do not have this on hand but could find some if needed.

A third option is to just inspect them manually and plant away but I'm nervous doing this.

What does everyone think is the best method to get plants from doorstep to aquarium?

P.S. Perhaps the snails aren't the end of the world and I need to get over it...if so please tell me

Thanks as always!
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Snails are not necessarily the end of the world

Manual inspection is good, but you always run the risk of missing a few eggs.

A bleach dip will work, but as you have realized, can be quite stressful for the plants. A potassium permanganate dip is what I would suggest.

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It may be cheaper to simply buy the potassium permanganate crystals and make the 3% solution, provided the proper safety precautions are taken when handling the dry powder.

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just get some assasin snails, 5$ at the lfs
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Not all lfs's have assasin snails.
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I have used bleach, potassium permanganate (Jungle Brand "Clear Water"), potas permag crystals, and malachite green ich treatment.

All of them work but bleach fries anything with finer leaves, potassium permanganate crystals are like $80 a quart around here, malachite green works great but it dies your plants even greener, and you have to use a lot of the Jungle Clear Water stuff but it is cheap.

For ease of use and price, I use the Jungle Clear Water because it is like a dollar a bottle and it is easy to make a solution as strong or weak as you want.

Potassium permanganate will NOT kill encysted worm eggs or insect eggs so be careful when transplanting wild vegetation.

I've got a tank on my deck crawling with bugs and worms and I hate it. Tubifex worms are SO GROSS!
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Not all lfs's have assasin snails.
I don't mean to hijack but:
Let me tell you about my LFS. Not only do they not have Assassin Snails, they have not even heard of them! Nor have they heard of Amano Shrimp.
Their advice to all concerning plants is to use fake becaause the light required for real plants "always causes algae" I could go on but you get the point.
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I don't mean to hijack but:
Let me tell you about my LFS. Not only do they not have Assassin Snails, they have not even heard of them! Nor have they heard of Amano Shrimp.
Their advice to all concerning plants is to use fake becaause the light required for real plants "always causes algae" I could go on but you get the point.
That's too funny. It seems to be pretty bad around Rochester as well, which really surprises me. I've definitely never found assassin snails or Amanos. Thank goodness for this forum and the Swap and Shop

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