06-18-2008, 05:25 PM
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Wow, that's really pretty- I don't know what it is either though :(.
Whereabouts do you live? I'm just wondering if it's a temperate or tropical plant. If it's temperate it probably won't survive in your tropical fish tank as the water will be too warm for it. On the other hand, if it's an invasive plant it's probably adapted to a lot of different climates and will do well. Either way, I like it, and you should send me some!
Also, another way to sterilize plants is to use 1 part bleach and 20 parts water. You can let the plant sit in it for about 2 minutes and then rinse WELL with dechlorinated water. I agree that it's a good idea to leave it in a QT for a while, just to give it a chance to release any chemicals or anything that it may have absorbed while growing outside (I'd worry if pesticides and such were used near the pond, if so, it's probably not worth the risk). If you really want to be safe, housing it with a couple ghost shrimp as guinea pigs would work well. Shrimp are far more sensitive to toxins than most fish and the ghost shrimp are dirt cheap.