Cleaning Live Plants
Hi- when I came home from work, I smelled something really bad- no, it wasn't the unwashed dishes (well, they didn't help) but I found it coming from my bucket of new plants I was going to put in my tank!
I bought the plants a few days ago, but wanted them to be in my fresh water for a few days. I see nice healthy growth, but the stench! Something rotted!
How can I make sure that they don't poison my fish? I'm going to trim any dead leaves, but I was thinking of rinsing them in water w/baking soda. I don't know why I think this is a good idea- I guess I'm trying to think of a way to remove "cooties" for lack of a more scientific term. Has this happened to anyone else?
This is also not the 1st time this has happened to me. These are aquatic plants; they should be able to be in a bucket of water a few days, right? It happens w/ plants I've purchased on-line & @ Petcosmart. If I leave the foliage outside of the water, it dries up, but submersed, they rot!
4 bettas: Butch, 3-year-old violet male PK EE & 3 girls in a 30 gal sorority. I do not name the girls anymore! 1/2 of them die within a month.
30 gal: 9 Oto cats, 4 Ocellifer cats. Inverts: Cherry shrimp & 2 assasin snails.
10 gal.: Butch, his 5 oto cats, 3 assasin snails, and a few snails the assassins haven't caught.