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post #1 of 3 Old 09-19-2011, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Clean / Desinfect Moss for fish tank

Hi all,

I want to disenfect/clean moss (Java / Christmas / and specially Taiwan), before inserting them in a fish tank. I want to be sure there is no parasites from the plants that infect existing fish. What methods would you recommend? I have Potassium Permanganate, as well as Formaldehyde at home, however i dont know what amounts to use on these specific plants. I will dip them for many hours in a 5 gallon container. Pls let me know what disenfectant to use to remove any possible parasite and make the mosses safe for "fragile" fish tank (fancy goldfish are not too resistant lets just say).

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-02-2011, 10:10 AM
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sorry to hijack your post but im also looking for ways to make new plants safe as i have tiny white worms (not flat worm) there like mini maggots i buy plants from store but i would like a good way to sterilize them before putting them with my little beauties.

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post #3 of 3 Old 10-02-2011, 01:08 PM
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Some aquarists do use the chemicals mentioned on plants, but one has to be very careful. I have always followed Rhonda Wilson's [planted tank columnist in TFH] suggestion that anything strong enough to really deal with parasites or algae will likely be very detrimental to the plants, and often kill them. And Mosses are delicate.

If you are really worried, place the moss in a fish-less tank for a few weeks. Make sure there is some light; a bright window position is sufficient to keep mosses alive. A few snails [Iuse Malaysian Livebearing and Pond Snails] in the tank would help, to clean the moss. And once a week dose of Flourish Comprehensive.


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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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