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How to truly avoid snails and algae in a tranfer of cuttings?

I've got me some alum powder from the grocery store and I'd like to transfer cuttings from one tank to another, avoiding green hair algae and snails.

I suspect that I'll rinse the cuttings, then soak them in a bucket for a day or two, before planting them. How should I prepare the bucket? Should I use any peroxide, or something, in another bucket? I need to be sure not to get any eggs, right? The alum wont kill them, will it? I think there's detritus worms too.
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Alum is supposed to work great with snails. Saltwater and (diluted, of course) bleach as well. You can also quarantine your plants for a while after the dip to make sure no snails survived. No dip is going to protect your tank from algae. They don't need to be transferred in via plants.

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