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Old 07-01-2013, 09:38 AM   #1 
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Arrow Need to keep my plants going while I wait for PP to come in the mail? (kills snails)

My order of plants came in on Friday. I currently have them floating in decholorinated water with a heater in 5 gallon tank. I am glad that I didn't end up setting up the tank as I noticed I have what are probably pond snails. They came Aquarium central. I kind of hoped buying from a retailer that would not be a problem. Anyway I need to keep my plants alive why I wait for some Potasium Permegante to get here so I can dip the plants and kill the snails that will eat my plants.

How can I make sure my plants don't go kaput while I wait? I do have some Seachem Flourish if that would help.

I plan to use trumpet snails to keep air pockets out of my substrate. Should they be ok as long as I rinse the plants really well after I treat the plants with PP?
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:46 AM   #2 
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well light and keep them in the water, thats all you can really do and yes rinse well and use like 5x your water conditioner in a bucket and rinse them in that for a bit, and there are 2 kinds of people "retailers included" the first kind sells plants and admits they might have sanils, the seconds lies about it and claims they don't sell plants with snails, aquatic plants and snails go together like PB&J
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:48 AM   #3 
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Just make sure you put a light on them for 8ish hours a day and they should be fine.

Pond or Ramshorn snails will not hurt your plants. They eat algae and pond snails even eat the bad critters out of the tank (little worm thingies forgot the name of them).
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Whatever they are they I am seeing holes my plants that were not there upon arrival. In fairness this retailer states there should not be snails however they don't guarantee it could never happen.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:40 AM   #5 
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if you're only worried about snails rather than algae, wouldn't an alum dip work? you can find that at most grocery stores. i used it on an order i got that seemed to have a lot of bugs and snails in it with no problems. re: keeping plants alive, i usually put an airstone in with my plants when i'm qting them after the first couple days but that may just be superstition, lol.
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:44 AM   #6 
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Ponds won't eat through live plants. The retailer might have had something else in the tank or the plants have holes for other reasons. I have kept pond snails ever since I began with live plants and have never seen them eat live plants. There's plenty of algae around that they eat so. . . I wish you were closer because I chlorine dipped my anacharis and caught some MTS and a few ponds off them. The only snail that made it to the tank unscathed from the dip is alive and well.
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I am ok with snails that won't eat my plants. I will definitely be concerned about algae. It's good to know about the alum. I am also worried about potential fish infection I've read the PP is supposed to take care of that. I can't wait this all set up. I am very excited!
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Old 07-01-2013, 06:54 PM   #8 
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I usually QT my new plants for a week in tap water. If I see a lot of snails I will add a TBSP of bleach to the qt water. I do my QT's in a 1 gallon kool-aid type jug. 1 because it is tall enough to submerge the plants and 2 it's sort of clear so I can set the container on my patio or window sill to get some sun.
I change the water daily.

I will say I did jump the gun with my newest planted tank and didn't QT so now I have snails, lol. Oh well, I have been snipping off leaves with snail eggs and smashing babies against the glass. It seems to be under control but I might have to get an assassin...
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:41 PM   #9 
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I found out today some of my girls will be have to be delayed due to the 4th July holiday. I don't want them sitting around anywhere. So I will be taking my time. I've read posts about from people panicking that their plants will die since the tank wasn't ready. I was a little concerned they'd die. I really should be more level headed about this. Outside I am an expert gardener and I really want to see if I can do just as well under water.

The gallon pitcher is a good idea. Some of the plant leaves seem like they are rotting and I was trying to decide tonight how I was going to get them upright. How high do you fill it with water?
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I fill it as high as necessary for the plants to stand more or less upright and still be covered by water.
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