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  1. Dlondon95

    Dlondon95 Well Known Member Member

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    Fellow fishlore member fbn and I were just talking about growing plants/mystery snails outdoors during the summer and were wondering, how do you "sanitize" them before selling them?
     
  2. Dino

    Dino Fishlore VIP Member

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    I sanitize plants by using a teaspoon of alum, spice found in the baking canning area of most grocery stores, in a gallon bucket. This kills almost all inverts and their eggs.

    Plants are dunked in for about 30 seconds then rinsed off.

    Inverts are moved indoors for about a week, and observed, not the best, but it is what I do.
     
  3. Dlondon95

    Dlondon95 Well Known Member Member

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    Thanks Dino. We thought you would answer :p

    Would you say that plants grow a lot better outdoors than indoors?
     
  4. Dino

    Dino Fishlore VIP Member

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    Indeed they do.
    I keep land tropicals as well, and even though it stay warm and humid while they are in the fishhouse over winter, they always do better outside.

    Several years ago I did a 35 gallon tub with java moss.
    I started with a handful and harvested over 20 pounds by summers end.
     
  5. Dlondon95

    Dlondon95 Well Known Member Member

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    Wow! That's a lot of moss!

    I want to get more into plants and I think growing them in the summer outside is probably the best way to go about doing so.
     
  6. Dino

    Dino Fishlore VIP Member

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    Let me know when you are ready to get started and I will help you were I can.
     
  7. TrogdorSlayer22

    TrogdorSlayer22 Member Member

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    Wow, what a coincidence, I just set up a tub outside and dirted it yesterday! I put dwarf sag, jungle val, an amazon sword, water lettuce, and I am gonna put java moss in there tomorrow (thanks Dino for the idea!).....

    Good to know the above info about sanitizing the plants^^^^
     
  8. fbn

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    I think I may do some moss and wisteria outside, also.

    The snails: I breed and sell mystery snails, but my babies grow insanely SLOW! I have babies that are a few months old, but they are still pea sized. I gave Dillon a few snails from that batch and his are marble sized. I tried upping the temperature in the tank with no luck. So, I was thinking that they may actually grow if I were to put them outside in tubs during winter.

    Dino: Would the parasites die during shipping, anyways? I ship my snails wrapped in wet paper towels and a miniscule amount of extra water in the bag, so wouldn't all water dwelling parasites die? I guess I could also look for some medications that are snail safe.
     
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    External parasites would probably die off, internal ones would not be harmed by shipping.
     
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    fbn Well Known Member Member

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    Would the chances of getting internal parasites be heightened if they are outside?
     
  11. Dino

    Dino Fishlore VIP Member

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    Yes, many internal parasites travel using wet bird feet.
     
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    fbn Well Known Member Member

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    Thanks Dino!

    If I do this, I guess I will just have to buy some snail friendly meds.
     
  13. Dlondon95

    Dlondon95 Well Known Member Member

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    When is it okay to starting putting plants outside? Once there are no more frosts?
     
  14. Dino

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    I generally wait until May 1st.
    I prefer it to be no more nights with a temp under 40F.
     
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