How to sterilize plants Question

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by virusmk, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. virusmk

    virusmkWell Known MemberMember

    Hi all

    I want to get amazon sword and wisteria this days and want to know how to clean and sterilize them properly without destroying them as i do not want to bring unwanted guests and residents in my tank.

    Last time i brought yawa fern and brought all sord of bad pest that you can imagine
  2. endlercollector

    endlercollectorFishlore VIPMember

    It is impossible to sterilize live plants, but you can avoid a lot of issues by dipping them for 10 minutes in a solution of 1/4 teaspoon potassium permanganate and 1 gallon of water. At the end of 10 minutes, add Prime to neutralize. Note: This can burn more delicate plants.
  3. Dolfan

    DolfanFishlore VIPMember

    Here is a link that describes various plant dips....


    I personally like using Alum to dip my plants for snails and pests as I found it safe with most all plants. But many also recommend the potassium permanganate as well, I just couldn't find it locally so I went with the Alum, which is found at most grocery stores in the spice section.
  4. Rivieraneo

    RivieraneoModeratorModerator Member

    Alum works great. I found mine as suggested by Dolfan at my local Target superstore. It should be next to the canning and pickling items.
  5. OP

    virusmkWell Known MemberMember

    Tanks to all of you

    I have potasium at home and this looks that is going to be the most convenient solution that i can do.

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