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Old 10-14-2007, 12:01 AM   #1
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Floating plants question

Ok this is gonna sound a little weird. I was at a LFS and saw some floating lettuce (Pistia Stratiotes) in a tank. I was thinking about getting some but then thought well I can just get it out of my neighbors pond. I know with rocks and stuff you can boil them but obviously that won't work. Is there anyway to sanitize it so i won't throw my water into chaos?
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hydrogen peroxide bath?
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Old 10-14-2007, 03:04 AM   #3
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Old 10-14-2007, 09:09 AM   #4
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so i would just like dip them in bleach for a few seconds and then rinse and ready to go?
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Old 10-14-2007, 10:48 AM   #5
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I think you use diluted bleach, maybe a 5% solution, although someone will probably chime in. Full strength will kill the plant!
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Old 10-14-2007, 06:15 PM   #6
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Please check out this link for more detailed info on performing plant dips.
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Old 10-15-2007, 01:20 AM   #7
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I would not dip the roots whatever you do... you can also use potassium permagranite solution.
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Well I did what you guys said, but within a day my fish ate all the roots off the plants anyway so I guess I will have to abandon this idea. Thx
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:25 AM   #9
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What fish are you dealing with?

Could be that the roots were damaged despite the care you took and therefore became a meal, or you could just have plant eating fish.
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well a handful of tetras, some barbs and a Silver dollar and A redhook met. A couple other misc fish. I watched a couple of them pick at it but not devouring them. I'm thinking the silver dollar is the culprit here.
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Silver Dollars are known plant eaters and the likely culprits. Not sure if any of the others would have helped.
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