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Old 12-18-2012, 02:20 PM   #1 
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Question Is my decoration safe?

So, my first Betta, Pavel, died from what I believe to be a fungal infection. It took him in just 24 hours from the time I noticed something was wrong.

Since then, I have gotten a new tank and want to include two of Pavel's favourite decorations in it as a tribute.

This includes a small silk plant and one of those Betta leaf hammocks. I soaked them both overnight in boiling water from my kettle. They are currently stored in my closet. I'll rinse them again before putting them in the tank, of course.

What I want to know now is... Was the boiling enough to kill the bacteria? Or will the fungus still be present? I don't want to put any future Betta in danger of infection.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:13 PM   #2 
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If it was a fungus the boiling and soaking in tap water would have done the trick, but not all bacteria will be killed off from this. After doing some reading on the "Mystery Disease in Blue Bettas" it turned out to be a type of bacteria that even bleach won't must be sprayed with Lysol and left to sit for a few days. For your purposes, however, I'd say the boiling did the job.
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