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Do plants carry diseases? How to disinfect?
I have a bunch of anacharis in my main tank, came from my pond a few years ago when I pulled it in with my fish to overwinter and took a few off. Anyway, haven't had any in the pond since, only just remembered I even had it in there. I wanted to put some in my overwintering tank since I have so much in my regular tank, to help filter it out some. Problem is, my main tank I've had fish with tb, I was just wondering if the plants may be carrying this in some way, and if so is there any way to disinfect the plants. I looked it up a bit on google but all the results I saw were talking about killing off parasites and pests that may be hanging on the plants, not diseases.
I've used Potassium Permagranite to disinfect plants, but from what I've read and learned (both on this forum and elsewhere) the best and safest (for the plants) way to be sure that they are clean is to keep them in a fishless QT for a period of 4-6 weeks. Without a host fish, anything on them that can affect fish will die. . .
Last edited by Chesh; 09-28-2012 at 08:27 AM.
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Ok thanks. I've just been soaking a few clumps in a bucket of tapwater outside since I posted the original post, just changing the water a few times to try to rinse anything out of it. I'm cycling the tank right now anyway with ammonia so it's still a few weeks at earliest before I start to bring them in anyway.
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