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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-15-2002, 03:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Wow, what a great looking site. I belong to a fantastic fish group, and am looking forward to checking out this group too.

I do have a newbie question (or 2) to start.

I have a 6 gal tank and have just bought some java fern thinking that it would be good for future guppy babies. My questions are: Will I regret putting this in such a small tank? I'm concerned with it taking over. I was also wondering about cleaning the plant first to rid it of snails and possible parasites and such. I have been told about a chemical that you soak the plant in...and I've also heard that you can use a mild bleach solution. If the bleach does work does anyone know of the ratio to use?

Everyones input would be most appreciated, as I don't really know too much yet.

Thanks..........Sue
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Hello Sue and Welcome! Fender has done an excellent job in creating a fun, informative, and useful site.

The Java Moss can be trimmed (aka pruned) back as it starts to grow larger than you'd like. A sharp pair of scissors makes a great tool for trimming/pruning.

The "chemical" other than bleach that's commonly used to disinfect plants is Potassium Permanganate. Here's a link where I describe both the bleach method and potassium permanganate. I describe the concentrations, length of time, and pros and cons of each.

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Steve, thanks for the welcome and the info, that's exactly what I was looking for :-) I've saved the info for future reference too. Since it's only a 3 dollar plant I think I'll use the bleach method and risk the loss of the plant...LOL...
You didn't say in your article, but hopefully the bleach will help if there are any snails or eggs on the moss.

Thanks again..........Sue
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-16-2002, 01:37 AM
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Well I see Steve already took care of your questions so I am just here to
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Cool, the plant is all cleaned up. I tied it to a small piece of floating wood and it is now hanging down in the tank. It sure is a gorgeous colour, and when I have fry maybe they will be safe from the frogs in the tank.

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