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Is hydrogen peroxide an effective sanitizer?

Does anybody have experience using h202 as a disinfectant for new aquarium plants? I know a ten minute potassium permanganate bath is the usual method, but I cannot obtain this chemical easily where I live.

My thinking was that since hydrogen peroxide is a much more effective oxidizer than p.p. it should do the same thing. Can anybody think of any problems with this?
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Perhaps as a quick dip... but I once tried it with various plants when I had an algae outbreak and a lot of them melted save for some anubias and sword plants. I dipped them for over 1 minute though....
SO, test it first!

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I've never dipped my plants. They do fine. Algae happens, nothing you can do to prevent it from happening altogether. Except proper fertilization, lighting, and CO2 of course.

Potassium permanganate is easier to find than you think. Look in the water softener section of Sears, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, etc.

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I've never dipped my plants. They do fine. Algae happens, nothing you can do to prevent it from happening altogether. Except proper fertilization, lighting, and CO2 of course.

Potassium permanganate is easier to find than you think. Look in the water softener section of Sears, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, etc.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought that potassium was to kill the hitchikers,(snails,etc.) I didn't think it worked for algae.

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As a chemistry major freshly out of Organic, I can tell you that permanganate is a far more powerful oxidizing agent than a peroxide bath. Now as for which is more toxic to plants, I cannot tell you. HOOH is very soluable in water, so it actually may be easier for plants to absorb a peroxide solution than permanganate - resulting in a shorter period of time it takes to deliver a leathal dose of oxidant to your plants. If I were you, I would dilute your peroxide solution to one quarter strength and test it on some clippings you don't really care about. By the way, permanganate is easy to get off of the internet at chemical retailers see!

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My thinking was that since hydrogen peroxide is a much more effective oxidizer than p.p. it should do the same thing. Can anybody think of any problems with this?
Uh, yeah, not to be rude, but simply blunt, focus and learn how to grow plants, not how to kill algae of give the plants a toxic dip, do your home work, and ask many questions if you need to that is fine, but please do focus on growing healthy vibrant plant's, we can help

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