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Do you pre-treat plants?

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Just curious how many of you pre-treat plants chemically before you add them to your tank or not (to remove parasites, algae, etc.)? If so, what's your method?

Didn't know if I was a bad boy for not doing so. I just cut off the dead leaves and gently wiped off any algae with a pad.

I assume that chemically treating plants is not a guarantee to an algae (hair algae, etc.) free tank?

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No, I have never done it... I think most mature tanks are somewhat immune to algae, and new tanks get over it...
Treating plants isn't a guarantee for an algae-free tank. It's difficult to sterilize things without harming other things.


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I have treated all of my plants with an alum soak, a bleach dip and a thorough rinse and I still got staghorn algae, planaria worms and freshwater limpets. Once I even tried soaking a planaria infected plant in metronidazole and those little worms just lived right on thru it. So, I guess my opinion now is why bother. In the future I'm going to just rinse well (to get rid of snails, and snail eggs) then in they go.
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I never have. I just inspect for obvious things like snail eggs, cut off old or damaged leaves, trim the roots, rinse well and then plant.

When I read "dip in x concentration of this chemical for NO MORE than 2 or 3 minutes", my mind says that this *can't* be doing the plant any good!
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If I get my plants from anyone on here, I just upwrap them, and stick them in the tank haha. No problems yet
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Someone once gave me the advice to dip them in salty water for a few minutes to get rid of any snails/eggs. Great advice, it just killed all the foliage. Fortunately, the sword plants grew new foliage shortly. Oh, and I still had snails. Just gotta learn to live with 'em.
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I used to do the "Lime It" thing, but since Aquatronics has gone belly-up, I can't get it anymore and I won't bother mixing up anything myself.

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I use Lime-It followed by a potassium permanganate bath (Jungle Clear Water Liquid). I didn't know Lime-It was no longer avaialble. I will guard what I have left. I have treated my plants ever since my snail and hydra infestation. Haven't had another problem, yet... I also use alum once in a while (available at some drugstores). Many of my plants come from the LFS so I always feel the need to treat.
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