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Hi:

I live in Missouri. Can I just get some plants from the Meramec or Mississippi Rivers, or even the creek out back, bleach them, and put them in my tank?

I am really new at this. Please don't laugh. It is an honest question.

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There's high lead content, dioxin, and other nasties in parts of the Meramec. You'd be better off finding a pond or lake somewhere.
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Are you putting them into a tank with fish? If you are, you could put them in a grow out/ quarantine tank first. If you only put new growth in your main tank it should be safe enough.

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You can usually put plants in your tank without problems. You can use potassium permanganate to kill off any nasties on the plants. A 10 minute bath in a jar of water with a small pinch of the stuff will clean them up.
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Thanks so much.

Okay I do not plan then to get any plants from the Meramec. I am thinking then of the creek in back of my house.

Potassium pomegranatae would kill all invasive insect larvae or bad snails or nasty bacteria or other parasites?

So I guess I need to get a five gallon as a grow out/quarantine tank?

Thanks so much for helping me. I am really enjoying this hobby.

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I'd be really careful about bringing unwanted snail into your tank, that happened to me
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Potassium pomegranatae would kill all invasive insect larvae or bad snails or nasty bacteria or other parasites?

So I guess I need to get a five gallon as a grow out/quarantine tank?
I bought it on ebay, $13 for a pound (last a long time) took less than a week to arrive. Spend a little time with Google to understand quantities necessary to kill snails
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Potassium pomegranatae would kill all invasive insect larvae or bad snails or nasty bacteria or other parasites?
Yes, it kills everything that isn't a plant.

Just be sure you don't get it on your hands or clothes, it will dye them a dark shade of purple. It isn't toxic to people so don't worry about it if it does get on you (they actually use it in survival kits to purify drinking water, so it is in fact edible).

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So I guess I need to get a five gallon as a grow out/quarantine tank?
If you use potassium permanganate then there is no need for a quarantine tank.
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Other options you have not considered, a short bath in Diluted 50/50 Hyrdorgen Peroxide 3% solution, this will ride of bacteria and snails.

Snails are easy to ride give the plants a bath in alternating warm cold water, go back an forth at least 3 times. You can also use a diluted salt bath. I am not sure on exact temperatures, I would guess 50 and 90 Fahrenheit.

These are the Cheap/Free methods and be careful improper use of these procedures can cause damage to your plants.

If you don't mind spending a little cash I would suggest the above mentioned chemical method.
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You live in Missouri. I live in the state of despair.

This is what I do when I collect plants from a nearby reservoir.
I choose plants with no algae growing on them.
I inspect them for snails and snail eggs, remove them on location back into the water.
some certain types I might keep, no pond snails though.
Look for other critters and suspect egg cases and remove as needed.
I don't harvest that much so it's not a chore.
I also give a second tepid tap water rinse off at home beside the one on location
I've never had a problem and have not introduced disease.
P.S. I've had a planted tank since 1984.

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