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Old 02-13-2011, 06:45 PM   #11 
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:( Maybe dipping back and forth between really hot water and ice water will shock the critters to death... I could see that working, since you can euthanize a fish with ice cold water.

Just hope the plants would be okay!
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:00 PM   #12 
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i heard dunking the plants in ice water will get rid of unwanted critters. >.> dunno if that's true, or not, though.
Hmmm...... not sure how the plants would react to that. What I do is soak the plants overnight in a 5 gal. bucket (only used for fish stuff) in straight tap water. I figure if there IS anything in/on them, the chlorine will kill it, but not hurt the plants. So far, so good.
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:28 PM   #13 
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I've only had good experiences with Bob's. I didn't like that she sent all my plants in one bag and didn't label (even though I told her I'm new to plants and needed ID's on them) but besides that everything was great. My snails were in the same bag (I got one mystery and one nerite) but they are both extremely healthy and happy.

I always dip my plants in a very mild bleach solution and then QT them for 2 weeks. You should quarantine every living thing that goes in your tank, even plants. I never noticed bugs on mine but then again as soon as I open them up they get dipped. I did notice quite a few pond snails however but they're killed by the bleach.

Edit to add.. I'm ordering my next set of plants from Heather however because she has almost everything I'm looking for (except christmas moss) but BOY is she expensive O.O I'm not even ordering everything I probably need and it's already like $52 including shipping.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:08 PM   #14 
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Eesh! Thats expensive.
And I have no access to bleach, nor would I want to use it..Idk, it freaks me out! They are QTing, but Im still disappointed in the fact that they had them to begin with D:
The snails, Idk what theyre called, but they are REALLY tiny and have a spiral-y shell that goes out like a pyramid. Are they the type that multiply like mad? D:
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:31 PM   #15 
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Wow, all those snails on your plants!!?? That disgusting. They could have dieseases!!! I myself have never been to big on "snails"....
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Eesh! Thats expensive.
And I have no access to bleach, nor would I want to use it..Idk, it freaks me out! They are QTing, but Im still disappointed in the fact that they had them to begin with D:
The snails, Idk what theyre called, but they are REALLY tiny and have a spiral-y shell that goes out like a pyramid. Are they the type that multiply like mad? D:
Don't snails die in salt? Maybe you can add like 3 tsp/gal of aquarium salt?
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IME it doesn't matter what kind of snail they are.. as long as you don't over feed and do your best to pick them out occasionally they won't take over. I have malaysian trumpet snails in all my tanks (you can google for pics). They're known to multiply but I don't have much of a problem. When I do water changes I pick a bunch out and kill them and every once in a while I offer to send peeps on here snails if they want them.

In all honestly.. live plants are going to have critters.. there's really no getting around it.
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:09 AM   #18 
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True, but aaghhh. The intensity of volume of critters isnt what I had expected.
I think they were nomming my poor Java fern, too, which is totally just pbbt. Distroyed. :C It seems to have like eggs (brown?) on it.

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Don't snails die in salt? Maybe you can add like 3 tsp/gal of aquarium salt?
No - plants don't do well in salt either.
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Oh, Saw the pictures of your plants that is bad!!!
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