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Old 03-12-2011, 04:38 PM   #1 
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New plant QT

I picked up some really nice plants at a local aquarium store, well local being 45 minutes away but anyway.. I know they should be put into QT before introducing them into my ecosystems. What all is a safe method to go about this? I rinsed them well and have them in a bucket of water at the moment.
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Old 03-12-2011, 04:40 PM   #2 
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I never bothered QT any of my plants. What kind of plants are they? If they are tough plants such as java ferns and anubias you can give them a bath in a bleach solution if you are really paranoid about parasites and such.
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Old 03-12-2011, 04:42 PM   #3 
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When I get new plants I put them in a bucket of tepid, untreated tap water overnight. I figure the chlorine will kill off anything I don't want & it doesn't bother the plants themselves. Of course, I almost always purchase my plants from Heather in AZ & don't have any experience with Petco, PetSmart, etc.
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Old 03-12-2011, 05:32 PM   #4 
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I actually found a real dedicated to fish only store. Really nice setup. They have both fresh and saltwater fish and a really nice selection of plants. Speaking to the owner he keeps plants mainly for non CO2 affairs. I picked up red & green crypts and this really neat looking onion plant. I have javas and anubias in both tanks and wanted to get some more aquatic types since PetSmart and Petco sell mostly semi-aquatic and they always look awful at the store.

I had sent an email to one of the websites for help choosing a package, she got back to me and I told her what my tank setup was like and she never replied back so I said to heck with it and found a local.

Central Florida people rejoice, no need to buy online, buy local and support your neighborhood fish store!
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:11 PM   #5 
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I'm guilty of not qting plants as well. I don't even recall the last time I rinsed a plant, actually.
The store I purchase from has very nice looking plant tanks, it's close by so the water params are the same and I'm not opposed to a few snaily hitchhikers should they be hiding somewhere.

That said..a good rinse would be sufficient IMO...especially if you've seen where they came from.
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:28 PM   #6 
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I actually found a real dedicated to fish only store. Really nice setup. They have both fresh and saltwater fish and a really nice selection of plants. Speaking to the owner he keeps plants mainly for non CO2 affairs. I picked up red & green crypts and this really neat looking onion plant. I have javas and anubias in both tanks and wanted to get some more aquatic types since PetSmart and Petco sell mostly semi-aquatic and they always look awful at the store.

I had sent an email to one of the websites for help choosing a package, she got back to me and I told her what my tank setup was like and she never replied back so I said to heck with it and found a local.

Central Florida people rejoice, no need to buy online, buy local and support your neighborhood fish store!
I'm in central Fl.!
I need a new fish store to visit!
tell me where tell me where!
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Old 03-12-2011, 07:44 PM   #7 
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What I do is fill a bowl or sink with cold chlorinated tap water. Put the plants in it and let them sit for a little while. Go back and swish the around in the water to make things (read snails) fall off them. Then I usually go through leaf by leaf and do a visual inspection for snails.

After that kill the snails, dump the water and rinse them under some warm water. Then I plant them.
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Old 03-13-2011, 12:04 AM   #8 
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More or less that is what I have done. I added a capful of bleach into a large bucket of water and floated the plants in there for a few hours after rinsing them. This evening I rinsed them more thoroughly then in a separate bucket transferred the plants into cold tap water and I am letting them sit overnight. Tomorrow I will run them again under tap water and float them in a fresh bucket before planting them.

I do not want to be overly paranoid but I have two rather well established tanks that I do not want going sideways by introducing something unwanted. Now the LFS I bought this from has his plants in a crystal clear tank, filtered with a nice setup and I am sure it is really good but I did see some snails here and there. That is really my main concern, a colony of tiny unwanted snails suddenly starts taking over.
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:45 AM   #9 
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Sounds perfect :)

We'd like some pics!
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:12 AM   #10 
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Getting them this morning! :)
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