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Old 09-08-2011, 07:39 PM   #1 
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Quarantine

Today i went to walmart and decided to walk past the fish and saw these cool floating plants and I got them for free but there were lots of dead fish in the tank and they were all sick so should I quarantine the plants before I put them in my tank?
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:44 PM   #2 
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I would definitely quarantine them! For at least 2 weeks. I've heard of using very dilute bleach or hot water, but I have no idea how to do any of this so I'm afraid I can't help.
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:49 PM   #3 
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I was going to do 100 percent water changes every day and after 2 or 3 weeks put it in to my Betta tank
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:40 PM   #4 
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Absolutely, imagine a dead human body decaying in your drinking water!

I’m no plant expert, but 2 weeks does seem to be the time for QT. I wonder if it would also be beneficial to dose the QT tanks with AQ salt if any remaining bacteria or viruses were clinging to the plant. Best to wait for a more experienced response :)
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:00 PM   #5 
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oh yes, quarantine the plant and treat is just as you would your fish!
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:21 PM   #6 
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Some plants don't do so well with salt, I've heard some will melt with salt.
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:08 AM   #7 
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are you talking about live plants or fake ones?

do not do not use bleach or salt if they are live plants .. just use regular tap water .. the chlorine in regular tap water will kill most of the nasties that can hitch a ride on your plants .. after 2 weeks in qt .. i would do another 1 week in de-chlorinated water just to make sure if something that survived started to grow .. if not then it'll probably be safe to go in the tank ..

how i qt my moss balls
2 weeks in regular water
1 week in dechlorinated water
1 week in tank water

.. and if i notice something growing .. like one of my moss balls had snails .. it went back to regular water ..

and while they are in their qt cups .. i would leave them on a window sil so they will get some natural light

for me i qt them for 1 month .. but i figure it's better safe then sorrie and have an infestation of some sort =)

if your talking about fake plants .. then you could always wash them in diluted distilled vinegar and then rinse rinse rinse rinse rinse rinse rinse rinse rinse and more rinse =) and they will be good to go
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