How to clean aquarium plants

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Is there a way to clean aquarium plants safely to remove snails or any disease like ick that might be carrying on it? I’m talking about a method like bleach that completely will kill the diseases and will be safe to put into my tank the same day I clean it. I usually just quarantine plants with the fish I buy, but I do a 2 month quarantine and it takes forever to get the plants in my main display tank.
 

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3 options

1) 5% bleach to water solution. Dip and scrub, soak in prime and water mix.

2) hydrogen peroxide from drug store dip and scrub, rinse with water.

3) 1:1 vinegar and water solution dip and scrub, rinse with water.

There mighty be more, but those are three I’ve used in the past.
 
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!poogs! said:
3 options

1) 5% bleach to water solution. Dip and scrub, soak in prime and water mix.

2) hydrogen peroxide from drug store dip and scrub, rinse with water.

3) 1:1 vinegar and water solution dip and scrub, rinse with water.

There mighty be more, but those are three I’ve used in the past.
And these methods make the plant safe to put straight into a display tank without introducing diseases?
 

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Tristen said:
And these methods make the plant safe to put straight into a display tank without introducing diseases?
TBH I wouldn't do the bleach just because it can be really harsh. Another option is an alum dip. There are 2 videos from girl talks fish on youtube about this....
 

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Tristen said:
And these methods make the plant safe to put straight into a display tank without introducing diseases?
These 3 or any other method that gets suggested to you will not be 100 percent. Even quarantine isn’t 100 percent.

When you wash your hands or clean a surface in your house with a cleaner are you really killing 100 percent of the germs? Somewhere in the 90s percent if you are doing a real good job.

Same with plants and fish. Sometimes you get 100 percent of the hitchhikers removed, sometimes you get almost all of them removed. Nothing is 100 percent, that’s why they are precautions rather than cures, it’s better than doing nothing.

If a person wanted to go over the top you would clean them, put them in a quarantine tank and hit them with antibiotics, fungals, parasite killers, deworms and for good measure some copper to kill any possible inverts and then clean them again before you put them in their forever home. That might be as close to 100 percent as you can get.

Another option is to buy laboratory plants from Tropica. I think they are called 1-2 Grow. Some of them do really well. But lots of patience required. That is as close to 100 percent clean plants as anyone can get.
 

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