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Water containing chloramine as a plant disinfectant?

I'm thinking of keeping my new plants in a quarantine rubbermaid full of undechlorinated tap water for a while to disinfect them, but I'm not sure how effective or safe for the plants that would be. I know that my tap water company uses chloramine to keep the water clean, and that chloramine doesn't dissolve out. If I were to put some aquarium plants in a container of regular tap water with chloramine in it and quarantine them in that water for an extended period of time, would that kill off hitch hikers, snail eggs, parasites, etc? Would the plants be able to tolerate the chloramine for extended periods of time? If that would work, how long should I keep the plants in that water for before it begins to affect them?
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I use untreated tap water with chloramine in it in plant only tanks all the time. It does not kill anything at all. The snails don't seem to mine. The algae don't seem to mind.
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You are giving far too much weight to the chloramine killing ability. While it does kill some bacteria to keep the diseases down in drinking water, it is far too hyped as killing things. Keep in mind that it is very limited in drinking water. Otherwise you would kill all the bacteria in your stomach that makes your digestive system work. Think of what happens when you drink too much alcohol and kill the bacteria? Next day is not pleasant.
It is not nearly strong enough to eat through the hard shells of snails to kill them.
You will need a much stronger dose of chlorine or other dips.
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Otherwise you would kill all the bacteria in your stomach that makes your digestive system work. Think of what happens when you drink too much alcohol and kill the bacteria? Next day is not pleasant.
That is not why you feel terrible after a night of (heavy) drinking.

But back on topic, as a disinfectant, you are better off using a dilute solution of bleach, a potassium permanganate dip or an alum dip.

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[QUOTE=Darkblade48;5397922]That is not why you feel terrible after a night of (heavy) drinking.

So why do you have diarrhea after drinking too much? Is it not because your digestion is not working right?
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