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I am about to start planting my 400 gallon pond and the plants are pricey.

$40 for a water lily????

My pond is under an awning so it gets plenty of shade. I have zero algae problems but I am concerned about spending $$$ only to have the plants die.

I live near a lake and was thinking of taking plants from the lake and putting them in the pond after a "dip."

I am looking at cattails right now and want to go dig them up.

What kind of plants should I look for in South Florida and what chemical to use in the "dip?"

I think it is Magensium something??? or Iodide??? My chemistry is rusty.
 

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look for any plants growing underwater or at the edge of the water, and just replant them into or around your pond. the lake and your pond probably have pretty similar conditions, so if you find something that looks cool or interesting, grab it!

as for the "dip" i am pretty sure that you just fill up two buckets with water, add some bleach to one, and then dip it in the bleach to kill the algae, then dip it in the clean water to rinse it off, and put it in the water.

Magnesium (Mg) and Iodine (I) are trace elements that one might need to add in a high tech tank, but even then it isn't really necessary per se. You shouldn't ever need to worry about them. (although if you ever happen to acquire a strip of Mg, burn it! it burns extremely brightly and looks really cool.)
 

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Hey, I don't know about the dip... but here is a list of native Florida aquatic plants for water gardening. But for my tank I dip plants in a 19:1 water to bleach ratio for 30 sec, and then soak it in de-chlorinated water.

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/ep/ep09500.pdf

I used to live in Florida, I really like water hyacinth, it has pretty flowers :D

sorry, I'm not much help.
 

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I believe you are thinking of potassium permanganate. KMnO4, frequently sold by the water softener department in hardware stores. I have never used it but theres info out there on the concentrations and such.
 

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I've used PP. It works well. Here's the concentrations.

100ppm = 1 gram in 10 liters of water - will kill all parasites on plants. At 100 ppm Potassium Permanganate bath will kill any thing but plants (no more than 15 minutes)
 
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