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post #1 of 4 Old 01-19-2012, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
Quarintining plants

So my brother currently has a 10g tank running with some floating water sprite in it. The water sprite is doing really well and has become quite big. He said since he has 3-4 really big pieces I could take one for my 40g. Here's the thing though... he doesn't care for his fish tank that well. He does a water change maybe once a month even though I'm always harassing him about it. His tank has a pair of breeding Kribensis in it with 3 otos and some snails. It's not heavily stocked and all the fish seem healthy and there's never been a disease outbreak in his tank before so should I quarantine the plant somehow? The tank is pretty filthy but the fish seem unaffected because he has lots of live plants and duckweed in it so I assume that's helping keep them healthy. Whats the possibility that there's something in there to affect my fish? The other problem is I don't have anything to keep it in for quarantining it so what could work for a short time?
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-19-2012, 06:18 PM
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I dip my new plants in a hydrogen pyroxide solution for 30 seconds... Kill whatever's on there you don't want.... Including snails.

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5 BlackRuby, 4 Albino Tiger, 4 Odessa, 3 Tiger, 2 Green Tiger, 3 Denison, 2 Cherry, 2 Gold, 2 Checkered BARBS + 4 Zebra Danios, 1 Red-tail Shark. Looking to add 4 Five Banded Barbs
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-19-2012, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
And that' safe for the plant and then safe for the fish once introduced to the aquarium?
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-19-2012, 08:23 PM
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Haven't lost a plant or fish yet as a result of it. Figure a 50/50 water / peroxide mix.
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75g FW Cyprinidae Tank - Running Fluval 404
5 BlackRuby, 4 Albino Tiger, 4 Odessa, 3 Tiger, 2 Green Tiger, 3 Denison, 2 Cherry, 2 Gold, 2 Checkered BARBS + 4 Zebra Danios, 1 Red-tail Shark. Looking to add 4 Five Banded Barbs
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