Originally Posted by LisaC144
I just planted a 5 gallon tank. Is there something I should have done to the plants before putting them in the aquarium? I rinsed them off under tap water but didn't soak them or anything else. I'm worried I may have introduced something in the water because my betta has seems letharic since I put him in. However, I have 2 snails that are perfectly fine so far. Just looking for ideas on what pants could posssibly bring in the tank and if the betta doesn't make it, what I need to do to them so I don't lose another one. Thanks for all suggestions!
After what we've been through the last 3 mos, I'm a little bit of a hydrochondriac. Did some research and found a suggestion for doing an alum dip on new plants (we were mainly concerned about snail eggs getting into the frog tank, but maybe this also knocks out parasites and/or bacteria?).
Aquarium planting tips and care
FWIW our Betta gets a little moody whenever we change anything around on him. Went after my hand the last time I rearranged his plants and acted weird the next day. Even when we moved him from a 2 gal to a 6 gal he got sullen for a couple days. He got over it. Happy as a clam now.