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Bleach Dip

I feel like I'm starting a thread every minute. I apologize in advanced if this question has been asked countless times already.

I recently bought a few plants from aquariumplanets.com. I remember reading that their plants come with quite a bit of snails attached to the plants. I would like to do a bleach dip to get rid of them. Perhaps a 20:1 solution? Would my plants be able to survive the dip for about 2 minutes?

Dwarf Four Leaf Clover
Dwarf Hairgass
Dwarf Sag
HC
HM
Wisteria
Broad Leaf Ludwigia
Madagascar Lace

I've calling every Ace, Sears, random plumbing stores looking for potassium permanganate with no luck.

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I have never tried a bleach dip with the plants you mentioned, but I would imagine that the more sensitive plants (i.e. the Lace, maybe the HC, HM and Hairgrass) but not fair so well with a 2 minute dip. 1 minute should be enough.

Also, because California has much stricter laws regarding particular chemicals, it is unlikely you will be able to find potassium permanganate. Employees working in stores such as Ace, Sears, etc will also not know the chemical names; you are more likely to find potassium permanganate if you go to the stores themselves and look for an "iron filter recharger". Such rechargers typically use potassium permanganate to clean the iron residues from iron removers.

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Thanks Darkblade.

ashappar - Thanks for the input troll j/k Agreed snails aren't bad, in fact they would be good for clean up, but i just would rather not have snails in my tank. It's just a personal preference.
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Hopefully I can rinse them off well enough. I currently don't have any fish or inverts in the tank yet, but eventually would like to have some.

Do you have any advice on how to dip HC, HM, and the clover?
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gaah! not to be a troll, but enough with the dipping of plants! snails arent that bad people... and I've yet to contract something horrible in 8 years of trading plants. well, except for wolfia. but its gone now.
Aye! Quarantine don't dip! And besides, snails are some pretty cool creatures.

That one got ya some RESPECT ashappar.
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PP is handy to have for fish ailments that is what I use on ocasion and to nuke my tank when I'm starting from scratch.

Don't waste your time calling Sears..as you've already experienced. You can get it off of Ebay or perhaps a Koi Farm. I got my PP from Ebay.
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Not sure about CA laws but I can get liquid PP at Ace Hardware in the pool chemical section.





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DONT DIP THE HM!!!!

i tried that for a very short amount of time and it died. fortunately i only dipped half. it cant survive the bleaching. use another chemical.

sorry for the choppy sentences, but it draws attention.

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