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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-10-2014, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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?? on plant acclimation

other than the usual signs of plants from the lfs to your aquarium (i.e. leaves falling off, etc). wat are other signs that may worry a new hobbyist? also, when this starts to happen wat is the recommendation to acclimate newly acquired plants? For ferts, Im using Seachem flourish tabs. 15 gal weekly water changes.

my setup: 40 Gal tank, Fluval 306, Aquaclear 70, Finnex Ray2 30", Finnex Planted+ 30", Pressurized CO2 w/ Aquatek Premium Reg, GLA Atomic diffuser.
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Nah most people do one of two things when they get live plants, they either put them directly into their tanks or a more experienced aquarist give them a dip in a bleach solution dip.

This is a more effective and sure-fire way to kill algae. It is also very easy to kill the plant in the process. Regular household bleach (i.e. Clorox) is diluted to a 5% (19 parts water to 1 part bleach) solution in a bucket. It's good to have a second bucket filled with rinse water containing 3X the normal dechlor. Dip large leaf plants for 3 minutes, immediately move to the dechlor rinse water, then rinse under running tap water for a few seconds, if you still smell chlorine, repeat the rinse process again. For small delicate leaf plants and mosses dip for only 2 minutes in the bleach. To be safe, add dechlor to the tank after adding the plants back. Also, if your dipping a lot of plants you may need to add more dechlor to your rinse water.

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If the plants are clean and no algae, straight to the tank. If they have algae, you can dip them with peroxide, I just cut the leaves with algae and to the tank. I would only buy them if they're free of algae, or very minimal.
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Another common thing is to cut off all older growth, especially if less than perfect, and cut back the roots to an inch or so before planting.
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