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How to sterilize plants for algaes? Vinegar water?

So I am going to transplant plants from different aquariums and online shipments as well. Whats the best way to get rid of any algase strands on them?
Confirmed algae on plants:
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Should I soak them in vinegar water? (what concentration?)

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I think it'd probably kill the plants. I'm not sure what you could use. Depends on the plants, but some people do a peroxide dip, or potassium permanganate dip. It will kill certain plants.

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potassium permanganate: [ http://www.chemistrystore.com/produc...t=67082&group= ]
is the best stuff for plant dipping and 2lb's will last a good while.

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i hear a lot of people use hydrogen peroxide.
bleach is best, but few plants can take it.

my decision on that is to buy plants from reliable sources (mainly, the S&S).

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I've never had a plant melt from potassium permanganate but I also
only buy from reputable sources and I usually don't go for the dainty
high-tech hard plants.

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Most plants come from hydroponic culture, not submersed grown.
So algae is not an issue. Many species of algae are airborn, so disinfecting them does little if the top of the tank has any openings.

Thus sterile technique is a poor method for algae control in general. That said, a dip in Alum works well, or lime, or dip in one for a bit, the followed by the other for a few minutes each, then rinse.

I pick and clean and the plants when I get them and typically soak in chlorinate tap for a day in the dark. BBA, Hair algae, etc are wiped and picked clean.

I think a good home is much better than trying to prevent the spores from entering the tank. You need something to germinate the spores, then it no longer matters if they are there or not, as long as the germination triggers are managed, there's no issue.

That will help whether you try and maintain sterile technique or not.

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sterilize new plants

when you suggest a method to sterilise new plants please give the formula you used.
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I've found this video to be helpful:


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