Dipping Plants in Peroxide

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by BigXor, Aug 6, 2015.

  1. BigXorValued MemberMember

    I am curious to know how long to leave plants in peroxide for algae removal (Anubias particularly)?

    Also do I dip the roots?
  2. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    Peroxide will kill algae. But it may also kill the plant too. A better solution would be to buy some Seachem Excel. Get an oral syringe and fill it with the Excel and shoot it on the algae.

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  3. GenaWell Known MemberMember

    I recommend taking a tooth brush to the tougher plants while it is soaking. Imo, 10 minutes is sufficient but it depend on how bad the algae is. Be patient and do it while you are watching tv so you don't get too bored.

    P.S. I've left Anubis and Java ferns soaking in peroxide for 30 minutes and it's been fine. I don't know about delicate plants though. I put the whole plant in the soak, roots and all.

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  4. NympxzieValued MemberMember

    What kind of algae do you have? It might be less work getting to the root (pun intended) of your problem than spending minutes-hours scrubbing your plants clean just to have it grow back.
  5. BigXorValued MemberMember

    I want to dip newly purchased plants. After a couple months battle I got my tank under control and do not want to introduce another problem.
  6. BDpupsWell Known MemberMember

    New plants don't cause algae...

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  7. alirayFishlore VIPMember

    They don't cause algea but I see a lot of plants in the fish stores that have algea growing on the leaves more so the java ferns, annubius and swords. Maybe that's what he is talking about. Alison
  8. GvilleguyValued MemberMember

    BigXor, thanks for bringing this up. I'm currently battling BBA, and I would like to try soaking my plants outside the tank to see how well HPX works to kill it.
  9. BigXorValued MemberMember

    Thanks for saying it that way because that's what I mean.
  10. BigXorValued MemberMember

    I defeated BBA with a one-two punch method mentioned here:  

    My plants were too big and well rooted to remove.

    WARNING: only use 2 Tbsp per 10 gallon. Also this method killed a lot of my shrimp, all of my horned snails and a couple Rasbora's. Rasbora's go into severe stress. Cory's were OK.

    I fought BBA for quite awhile before trying the above method. Remove as many tank critters as possible.
  11. alirayFishlore VIPMember

    You;re welcome. That algea can be real tough to get rid of. Alison

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