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Old 05-20-2011, 05:29 PM   #1
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Native plants

Can I use some plants I collected in a local river for a fish tank? What are the inherent risks that may come with introducing such plants?
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:33 PM   #2
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Is there anything I could do to get rid of them, or should I leave them out? They "seem" fairly clean, but I know what you can't see is the problems.
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some people like doing a salt dip, or potassium permanganate, h2o2, or bleach. I've tried the bleach method and it really didn't work out so well for the plants.

I have a specific tank that I put my new plants into, along with any new native additions, think of it as a quarantine. I leave them in there for a few weeks and see if anything pops up, if not , then I add them to whatever tank.
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Quarentine would be nice, but I have no extra tank. I just soaked them in tap water for 30 mins and am soaking them in de-chlor for a bit. Do you think the chlorine in the municipal water would have had an effect on the possible unwated microbes?
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maybe? I can't say either way. One of those use at your own risk, type things.
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Okay, thanks for the input.
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