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"sterilize" live plants?

My 3 year old betta who had a tumor for awhile passed away yesterday of dropsy.I had put him into a 3 gallon acrylic tank filtered with 2 nice sized anubias...I would like to sterilize this tank the best I can so that I can put my other fish in this tank eventually..I have been reading some articles online and have a good idea on how to sterilize the tank and filter, but most the articles I read mentioned disgarding live plants...Is there someway to quarantine or clean the plants so as not to pass on any bacteria or anything else that may make my other fish ill?

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There are many options. It really depends on the plants too.

Some plants can easily be passed through an H202 dip and rinsed off. Some can just be rinsed in tap water.

Plants like anubias can be passed through a diluted bleach solution.

Some plants can just be placed emersed and any potential pollutants to die off that way.

Can you be more specific on the types of plants you have?


Sometimes it may be just worth dumping them also and buying new.


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anubias should handle this well while others like cyrpts and sword plants won't.
3% hydrogen peroxide 10ml/g running the water circulation for about 1 hour then change 50% of the water then left running for 24hrs after that there should not be a bug left in the tank.

Applied this bath several times treating scaled fish and have read dozens of posts on breeding sites. HP is stronger than most realize.

Simply leaving the tank empty with only plants for a couple weeks would starve most bugs too.


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There are many options. It really depends on the plants too.

Some plants can easily be passed through an H202 dip and rinsed off. Some can just be rinsed in tap water.

Plants like anubias can be passed through a diluted bleach solution.

Some plants can just be placed emersed and any potential pollutants to die off that way.

Can you be more specific on the types of plants you have?


Sometimes it may be just worth dumping them also and buying new.
They are both a broad leaved anubias.

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anubias should handle this well while others like cyrpts and sword plants won't.
3% hydrogen peroxide 10ml/g running the water circulation for about 1 hour then change 50% of the water then left running for 24hrs after that there should not be a bug left in the tank.

Applied this bath several times treating scaled fish and have read dozens of posts on breeding sites. HP is stronger than most realize.

Simply leaving the tank empty with only plants for a couple weeks would starve most bugs too.
Thankyou, I will try the h2o2.


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