Bleach Dip For Aquarium Plants

Bleach Dip For Aquarium Plants

Hi there! This article is about how to bleach dip new plants for your aquarium. This dip is the way I use to ensure that I am not introducing any algae or hitchhikers to my tanks. These are my personal notes and procedure. Please remember that what works for me may not work for you.

  • Dip times:
    • Mosses, crypts, and plants with delicate or thin leaves or more sensitive stem plants like carpeting plants (<70 secs)
    • Most stem plants and average plants like Rotala and Bucephalandra species (<90 secs)
    • Tough plants such as Anubias and Java Fern (<110 secs)
  • 1:20 bleach to water ratio
    • This ratio is for 5% bleach
  • Use 5% unscented bleach
  • Have a bin of dechlorinated water ready with at least 2x normal dechlorinator in it
  • Wear gloves to protect against the bleach
  • I wash my plants upsidedown so that the water can cover more of the plant
  • This dip does NOT need to be done on tissue cultures

  • Bleach can cause skin damage, be sure to wear gloves
  • This method is what works for me, but this could result in dead plants
  • I usually do less than the times above to be on the safe side
  • You can always bleach more, you can't bleach less
  • Some people are allergic to bleach, do not do this if you are allergic
  • You may feel itchy legs when you do this (at least I do for some reason)

  1. Remove any visible pests, cut any melting or algae ridden leaves, and remove rockwool and other potting supplies or weights
  2. Remove excess debris
    • For tough plants, submerge and shake
    • For delicate plants rinse under running water
  3. Make the bleach dip and set up the dechlorinated bath
  4. Dip (See above for times)
  5. Rinse plants
    • First rinse under running water for 1 minute to make sure all bleach is off, be sure to get leaves too
    • Put in the dechlorinated bath and let soak for at least 5 minutes
    • The plants are ready for the aquarium when they no longer smell of bleach (if needed repeat a and b until c is achieved)
  6. Done! Time to celebrate and add them to the tank.

Good luck,
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Will have to do this next time I get plants!
AMAZING! Great job.
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Sounds and looks professional! Will be keeping this article in mind when the time comes for me to buy plants. I like the notes and warnings.
What plants are you looking to buy? Thanks for the nice comments!
Very informative!
Good detail of the process
Thank you!
Very clear directions and tips!
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