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Avoiding Pests - Initial Planting - High Tech

Dear Experienced Planted Tank Keepers,

I invite you to share all knowledge of the techniques used for avoiding pests at initial planting.

Instructions on doing plant dips? Any stress and/or harm? How much do they work when done in the limits of the stress free zone, if one exists?

Please note that this post is made having a high tech carefully planted tank in mind with possibly sensitive plants.

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I initial has issues with pond snails. Had huge nos and had to introduce 5 assassin snails. Now what I do is take a large tub of water... say 10 gallons.. and add a teaspoon of potassium permanganate crystals. Once the solution is deep pinkish purple.. I dip the plants just for 3 to 4 seconds before transferring to another two buckets of clear water whereby any residual kmno4 s removed. Been doing this for the past 2 yrs and it's worked like a charm. Plants r healthy and don't get damaged and zero snails. Good luck..

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Snails are the least of your worries. Thing like planaria, hydra are much more insidious. I qt all new plants (with a few exceptions of sensitive ones) for 3 weeks with fenbendazole to kill these.

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Snails are the least of your worries. Thing like planaria, hydra are much more insidious. I qt all new plants (with a few exceptions of sensitive ones) for 3 weeks with fenbendazole to kill these.
Thank you for the reply. Are there any specific dips that you know of that would also take care of them?

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I initial has issues with pond snails. Had huge nos and had to introduce 5 assassin snails. Now what I do is take a large tub of water... say 10 gallons.. and add a teaspoon of potassium permanganate crystals. Once the solution is deep pinkish purple.. I dip the plants just for 3 to 4 seconds before transferring to another two buckets of clear water whereby any residual kmno4 s removed. Been doing this for the past 2 yrs and it's worked like a charm. Plants r healthy and don't get damaged and zero snails. Good luck..

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Thank you for your reply. Do you do this plant dip to sensitive plants also? ( Macrandra, Walichii, Bolbitis, Erio, Glosso ) What could be the possible downsides of this technique?

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Thank you for the reply. Are there any specific dips that you know of that would also take care of them?
There are no one and done dips. The eggs are quite resistant to most treatments. Hence the three weeks - this allows them to hatch out.

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Thank you for your reply. Do you do this plant dip to sensitive plants also? ( Macrandra, Walichii, Bolbitis, Erio, Glosso ) What could be the possible downsides of this technique?[/QUOTE]

Hi.. I haven't tried this method with the species that u have mentioned. So now way of telling how they will react. But I have tried this at least with 20 different plant species ranging all the way from floaters, stems, rhizomes to crypts. None of them have died off due to this treatment. I did have some nutritional deficiency issues which I even do with plants that were planted 2 yrs back without treatment. So just make sure u don't keep them immersed too long in kmno4 water and just add a teaspoon of Crystals to a large bucket say around 15 to 20 gallons. And wash twice in clear water after that. That should do. Good luck.

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