Question Java Moss On Amazon

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I am trying to order java moss off amazon and I’m concerned about pest. I’m afraid it will come with snails and I won’t have the heart to kill them. Also is there anything I should do before putting it in my tank.
 

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In all the plants I've ever purchased in LFS they've all come with snails. I don't mind snails as if you don't overfeed they stay manageable and most clean up algae. I give my plants a 1 minute dip in bleach solution on arrival or Potassium Permanganate, then rinse in dechlorinated water. Some quarantine plants for awhile too.
 
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I don’t want to kill snails will bleach kill them?
 

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Epicoz said:
I don’t want to kill snails will bleach kill them?
Yes, that's the purpose of it. Most times the snails are ramshorns and if you don't overfeed your fish the poplulation will dwindle naturally, and the fish eat the smaller ones. Other things such as hydra you don't want piggybacking on your plants so a dip is beneficial.
 
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I ordered some on amazon that based on reviews had a 50 50 chance of having pest
 

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The snails on plants can be very micro, you might not even notice them until you see some "funny looking specks" on your glass one day! So the decision is yours, if you don't have the heart to kill them...enjoy them instead as they have a good side to them too!
 
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How do I make sure there is no parasites on them.
 

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You do the dip or quarantine them for a period.
1 ml bleach to 1 L water. 30 secs to 1 minute not more. Mosses ok.

 
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That will not kill the snails correct
 
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Is there anyway to not kill the snails I’m sorry I can’t bear killing them.
 

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The only way to not kill snails is to not kill them! I can't tell you any more than what I have, you have to decide now.
 
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Ok I’ll quarantine it in a bucket of water for a day and see what happens.
 

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