if you decide to tear the tank down...java fern is pretty hardy stuff. you could pull it, toss it in a bucket of tap water, dechlorinated for a couple of days and just re-plant it. should do just fine. before re-planting though sterilize the plants...
quoted from another forum;
[quote; DarkCobra- Planted Tank Forums]
"Bleach, hydrogen peroxide, and potassium permanganate have all been used as plant dips with varying degrees of success.
Concentrations and soak times vary. There isn't a perfect protocol - no dip will remove 100% of all hitchhikers and still be 100% safe for all plants.
I prefer hydrogen peroxide to the other two, as it's the least harmful if some of it gets into your tank. I use 1 part 3% (common drugstore) peroxide, 5 parts water. Soak for 4 minutes, stirring the plant around to make sure it all gets exposed."
you can also use bleach at 20:1 ratio i think it is. then re-dip the plants in fresh water de-chlorinated with Prime before putting back in tank.
Last edited by 909; 11-12-2011 at 10:47 PM.