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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-01-2014, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Eliminating snails/disease from new plants

I've read that potassium permanganate, salt water, hydrogen peroxide, or dilute bleach solutions can be used as plant dips.
Looking for something effective but not toxic to me, my fish, or my plants
Want to dip/rinse/revive new plants prior to planting in my new tank.
Does anyone have experience with these methods
Thank you...
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I have done the bleach dip, my first time I did not do it right, its best to have very diluted bleach water mix (mostly water) and only dip plants for 5 mins at the most. I made my dip more diluted then people usually do sooo ...I left them in 30 mins... my anacharis and riccia melted and the java ferns got black spots, my anubias was the only one to survive without a scratch. I've since done a second dip; 4 mins in, then a thorough rinse, and soak in de-chlorinated water before they went back in the tank, worked out much better the second time no issues with the plants.
I've used it to get rid of snail eggs and algae.

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I understand Alum is one of the best for snails, and you can leave the plants in a long time (not toxic to plants).
You should research the dose and method.
I think Alum is sold in grocery stores. Something to do with pickling.
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