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Old Yesterday, 10:57 AM   #1 
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Sterilizing Petsmart Plants?

Hi all,

I am ready to take another step towards my first planted tank. There are no LFS around that sell plants, so I have to go to Petsmart. I'm going to pick out some good-looking vallisneria, anubias, or cryptocoryne, etc., but I don't know how to sterilize them. I read something about putting a potato in, but sadly I don't have any potatoes right now. Are there any other non-chemical ways to do this? Another food maybe? And how long should I quarantine them for?

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No need to sterilize or quarantine plants. When I get new plants, I generally just rinse them off and plant )
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I'm just a bit worried about snails/diseases that may be on the plant.
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IMO, snails are just kinda part of having an aquarium - lol. I check the plants for them when I rinse and remove them if I find any, but they can't always be found 'cuz some are sooo tiny. When I do see them in the tank, I use tweezers and remove them, they haven't been too big of a problem for me.
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I never QT plants, I usually only buy plants from a reliable seller. A few months back I QT some dwarf sag from PetSolutions.com. Only reason I did that is the plants I got were in horrible shape. When I buy from a great seller, I just wash them under my sink and place them in my tank.

if you really don't want snails. Just ask them if it's snail free. I actually have tons of snails in my 37g and 10g planted tanks. During a WC, I just usually pluck a few out my tank when it gets a little out of control.
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