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Plant quarantine

Postby steeleman1114 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:55 pm

I just read about plants needing quarantine just like fish. Makes sense seeing as how they come from the same dealer water as the fish that need quarantine. My questions are how long do they need to be in quarantine, and what kind of treatments do they need to go under before adding them to the display tank? I'm still on the fence about doing another planted tank but just in case, I'd like to know. Worst case scenario, others get to read your responses and learn. Thanks guys!
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Re: Plant quarantine

Postby ~RuSh~ » Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:17 pm

I made the unfortunate mistake of adding plants directly to a display tank back when I had a planted tank. It ended up introducing Malaysian trumpet snails.

After that I began a week long quarantine process, which basically consisted of keep the plants in a 10g tank and doing 3-4 100% water changes. You can't really use medications on them as many of the medications will kill the plants, and most of the hitch hikers are simply using the plants as transportation not a host so it's best just to rinse them thoroughly and observe.
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Re: Plant quarantine

Postby Kmuda » Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:25 pm

Bleach..... 1 part bleach to 19 parts water. Soak the plants for 2 minutes and this should eliminate any unwanted travelers. Rinse the plants well and then allow them to soak in a solution containing Prime )or other dechlorinator) before using in the tank. Not all plants withstand this treatment though so be sure to google whatever plants you select to see how they stand up to being bleached.
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Re: Plant quarantine

Postby steeleman1114 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:45 pm

Awesome! Thanks guys!
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