Plant Quarantine

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So I'm getting some plants in by mail and for certain reasons I won't be able to add them to my aquarium for at least a day afterwards. I plan to keep them submerged in a five gallon bucket but is an airstone necessary?
FYI: They will be swords and anubias.
 

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Shannon Griscom said:
So I'm getting some plants in by mail and for certain reasons I won't be able to add them to my aquarium for at least a day afterwards. I plan to keep them submerged in a five gallon bucket but is an airstone necessary?
FYI: They will be swords and anubias.
Hi there! I have never heard of quarantining plants! I guess if you fear pest snails transferring thats a good idea! You seem to be very dedicated, I have and probably will never quarantine a plant. Although, I'd love to learn/hear some reasons for quarantining plants. I'll follow along this thread for sure!
 
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Hi, no you don’t need an airstone if they’re only going to be there a short time.
I don’t know where your plants are coming from but if you have inverts then I would suggest a quarantine period of a couple of weeks with daily water changes.
I learned the hard way having a complete shrimp wipeout, that sometimes plants are treated with chemicals before shipping
 
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I'm medicating the tank they're going in and I do have amanos in there just thought better safe than sorry.
 

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I bleach dip them.

• Make a 19/1 water/bleach mix in a
• Dip your plants for about a minute (I usually gently shake them in the water left to right)
• Remove from bucket
• Put under running water. I use the mist or rain setting of my hose nozzle
• Put in another bucket with water and add /
• Wait a minute or two
• Put in tank

I have never had snails or water effects doing this. I even did it to which was filled with tiny snails. It got rid of them all.
 

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treating for pests can be done by method above. I don't think you need an air stone though. I had a couple plants I picked up which were in those little plastic pots and the rock wool. I kept them submerged in a large flower vase with dechlorinated water in it on my kitchen counter near a window getting indirect light for a few days before I could get around to planting them. These were crypts and suffered no ill effects at all, looked exactly the way I put them in, keeping them in a bucket should be fine, but be sure they aren't in complete dark if it'll be more than a day IMO
 
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