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    Default When buying plants - What dip to remove algae?

    Im sure this topic has been covered before but i am curious
    as to what dip people use to remove algae before placing a purchased plant into the aquarium.
    Also how long do you dip the plant in for?

    I was thinking of a 8% H2o2 dip but it may destroy mosses and sensitive plants.

    So what dips have you used? Has it been successful?

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    I often use a 5% bleach dip for 1 - 2 minutes, which works well for killing any type of algae.

    2 minutes for hardy plants like Anubias, Bolbitis, etc... 1.5 minutes for dainty stem plants and 1 minute for hardy moss such as peacock, xmas...

    I wouldn't bleach or h2o2 dip any liverworts or fissidens. They're such princesses. :-)
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    I use a 10 minute dip in a 20 litre tray with one or two grams of potassium permanganate and 20 gramms of aluminium sulphate mixed. This doesn't seem to hurt the plants but gets rid of algae and snails. I hav't tried all plant species mostly just the ones I send to the local aquarium shops. The NT Government required me to perform this operation when we had ramshorn snails in the ponds.

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    Thanks guys for your replies. I will try the bleach method in future - thanks for the detailed instructions.
    I feel so lucky to be around professionals who are happy to share advice.
    So excited to try this out in future

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    Sorry for both the stupid question and the thread heist - but not sorry enough to stop me trying it:
    By bleach, are we talking white king, or home brand, or what exactly?

    I'd love to give this a go - I have some fissidens with some terrible algae, but having seen a friend in high school have her hair dissolved by it, I've been extremely cautious with any bleach since, and want to get it right first go.

    Any further advice immensely appreciated!
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    I like to use the White king bleach... The one without additives or fragrance.
    The White king brand seems to be more effective than the Home brand. Maybe I'm just seeing ghosts though.. who knows?!

    I'd be careful treating fissidens. Maybe do a few tests before you sacrifice the lot. I never had a lot of succes with it.

    The way I clean algae infested "sensitive" moss these days is to use glass shrimp. I simply go out and catch around 200 shrimpies from a local creek and keep them in a cycled outdoor aquarium. I then place the affected moss/fissidens/mini pellia in the tank and come back a week later.

    Works a treat and doesn't harm the plants.
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    Thankyou! Appreciate the advice!
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    will this work with clado?

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    Bleach will kill everything.
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    h2o2 dip is okay but I think 1ml (of 3% solution) per 1L of water.
    Dip for 15min

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plantnut View Post
    I often use a 5% bleach dip for 1 - 2 minutes, which works well for killing any type of algae.

    2 minutes for hardy plants like Anubias, Bolbitis, etc... 1.5 minutes for dainty stem plants and 1 minute for hardy moss such as peacock, xmas...

    I wouldn't bleach or h2o2 dip any liverworts or fissidens. They're such princesses. :-)
    and the bleach just washes off ok??

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    Are the plants safe to add straight back into the aquarium or do they need some special treatment (like prime) to remove the bleach? I not long ago read a thread about someone wiping out a tank full of fish and plants because he didn't remove 100% of the bleach after recharging his Purigen!

    Also is Hydrogen Peroxide (I have the 6% solution) just as effective?

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    Just give them a good rinse in tank water or freshly dechlorinated water.

    6% H202 solution is simply a stronger solution of than the 3% solution mentioned previously, so more effective if used in the same dosage. Just be careful with it as it will burn some of the softer plants - especially Subwassertang.
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    Awesome thread, someone should turn this topic into a sticky!

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    yeah... great thread....

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