Bleached plants; sorry I did - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 Old 08-29-2018, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Angry Bleached plants; sorry I did

Bleached my plants to kill algae in 20:1 solution of hypochlorite (bleach) and water. Wouldn't recommend this. Plants pretty well dying.
dalewebb is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 Old 08-29-2018, 09:32 PM
Member
 
aussieJJDude's Avatar
 
Aquarium
Yeah, I can see why.

Most people reccomend 10 parts water to one part bleach, not what you did - 20 parts bleach to one part water... :)

Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk

540L/140G - 'Tidal Jungle' (Crabs) | 254L/67g - 'Backwater Pool' (Fish/Snails) | 96L/25G - ''Twisted Minds" (Fish/Snails)

I've never had any problems with 'Impulse Buying'. They're just animals that I forgot I had planned to get.
aussieJJDude is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 08-29-2018, 10:53 PM
New Member
 
😬
BettaFam4 is offline  
 
post #4 of 10 Old 08-30-2018, 05:22 AM
New Member
 
Aquafrank's Avatar
 
Someone is confused: maybe it's me.


20 parts water to 1 part bleach is HALF as concentrated as 10 parts water to 1 part bleach. OP said "bleach and water" not "bleach to water" - which itself would be ridiculous.


Using 20 parts bleach to 1 part water (instead of the other way around) is a guaranteed plant, virus, bacteria and fungus killer. That's basically straight bleach.

Last edited by Aquafrank; 08-30-2018 at 05:24 AM.
Aquafrank is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 08-30-2018, 12:53 PM
Member
 
Future reference...1) Snails. 2) Pothos plants (Epipremnum aureum)



1) Nerite snails, Assassin snails, and (to get all trace out of your substrate) Malaysian trumpet snails. I deliberately grow algae for my plecos and fry to snack on and use the snails to keep the algae from taking over. My snails tank surf (couch surfing for snails) between two 55g, one 50g, and two smaller tanks. The rotation also keeps the snails from breeding. Takes them between 3 and 8 days to tidy up.
2) Pothos come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Purchase one or two you like, clean off all dirt etc from the roots, get creative to settle it with just the roots in the water, be prepared for some leaves to die and remove them ASAP, and watch your algae die over the course of two weeks. These plants are an amazing biofilter. They eat everything the algae needs to grow so the nasty crud starves to death.

To save what you have...cut it back drastically. Follow the dead part back to the root if you have to. The sooner the plant stops sending nutrients to the dead, the sooner it can start making new.
couger is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 08-30-2018, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Actually, I mis-texted. I did use 1 cup of bleach to 19 cups of water. Many plant still dying.
dalewebb is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 08-30-2018, 09:27 PM
Member
 
aussieJJDude's Avatar
 
Aquarium
Quote:
Originally Posted by dalewebb View Post
Actually, I mis-texted. I did use 1 cup of bleach to 19 cups of water. Many plant still dying.
How long did you leave them in? If left for a long time, any small amount of bleach can cause this.

Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk

540L/140G - 'Tidal Jungle' (Crabs) | 254L/67g - 'Backwater Pool' (Fish/Snails) | 96L/25G - ''Twisted Minds" (Fish/Snails)

I've never had any problems with 'Impulse Buying'. They're just animals that I forgot I had planned to get.
aussieJJDude is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 08-31-2018, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Less than 2 minutes.
dalewebb is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 08-31-2018, 07:54 PM
Member
 
aussieJJDude's Avatar
 
Aquarium
Quote:
Originally Posted by dalewebb View Post
Less than 2 minutes.
I usually do it for 30 seconds or so, definitely less than a minute. The duration may of been the problem.

Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk

540L/140G - 'Tidal Jungle' (Crabs) | 254L/67g - 'Backwater Pool' (Fish/Snails) | 96L/25G - ''Twisted Minds" (Fish/Snails)

I've never had any problems with 'Impulse Buying'. They're just animals that I forgot I had planned to get.
aussieJJDude is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 09-01-2018, 12:56 AM
New Member
 
Aquafrank's Avatar
 
Gee, I've seen YouTube videos that recommend 5 minutes in bleach water in the concentration you used. 2 minutes sounds far more reasonable. Never saw any recommendations on water temperature, always presumed it was "room temperature" to be used.

If the importation of snails is such a concern, why not just set up a quarantine tank? The snails will eventually be found on the glass and can be disposed of.
Aquafrank is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
brown "fuzzy" spot in area where color is bleached Phae Livebearers 3 04-09-2016 04:37 PM
Did I buy snails? Nope! Where did they come from? inspiringmind Invertebrates 17 07-28-2008 08:53 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome