Quarantine For Plants?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by -Sofia-, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. -Sofia-Valued MemberMember

    Can I quarantine plants? I want to get a Java fern but I'm worried about snails/snail eggs.
    How would I do this? Are there any other ways I can help to prevent it? I've heard about "bleach dip"
    But I don't know if it's safe.
    Thank you for any replies in advance.:)
  2. DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    java fern would be okay to do a bleach dip with if you are willing, but the best way to avoid snails is to go with a tissue cultured java fern. these are plants grown in lab sterile containers. Currently, i only know of dennerle offering tissue cultured java fern.
  3. BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    Its safe as long as you use the correct bleach/water ratio. You can a visual inspection looking for snails and eggs and then to the bleach dip. Another option is a potassium permanganate dip. There is one last substance which is supposed to be very easy on the plants but I forgot the name.

    Finally if you really want to be sure about it you can leave the plants in a separate container after you made sure there are no live snails on them and wait for a week or so. In case there were any hidden egg clusters they will hatch and you will see babies dancing around. You can even throw some food into the container to attract any living creatures, if nothing goes to the food you know you will be safe.
  4. CraniumRexWell Known MemberMember

    Is that 1 part bleach to 19 parts water? I've read that ratio, just confirming.
  5. endlercollectorFishlore VIPMember

    A potassium permanganate solution is much easier. Leave the plants in a bucket of the solution for a day, then neutralize with some dechlorinator.
  6. aussieJJDudeWell Known MemberMember

    I normally do 1:10....
  7. stella1979ModeratorModerator Member

    Could you elaborate on the potassium permanganate method? Have you found it to be gentler and therefore safer than bleach?
  8. endlercollectorFishlore VIPMember

    It is definitely less harsh than bleach on plants while killing critters. You'll use only 1/4 tsp of potassium permanganate per gallon of tap water (don't dechlorinate it). Use gloves as it can burn skin.
  9. -Sofia-Valued MemberMember

    Thank you all! I see I have many options, so
    1:10 parts (water to bleach)
    1/4 tsp potassium permanganate per gallon of tap water
    Right? (Just confirming)
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2018
  10. psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    That's what I used to do, worked every time. You can order online for like $5.
  11. DuaneVWell Known MemberMember

    Been bleach dipping for over 41 years. Its 100% safe.
  12. BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    Yep. Thats what I used in the rare occasions I quarantined them, never killed a plant.
  13. -Sofia-Valued MemberMember

    I just got a plant labeled "tropica fern" it looks similar to a Java fean and I think it is, but how long do I leave the plant in the bleach dip?
  14. DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    Tropica refers to the name of the company, I'm guessing you picked up a java fern. Just leave it for a few minutes. 5 minutes is what i do.
  15. -Sofia-Valued MemberMember

    Oh thank you! I thought it was called a tropica fern:D Thanks again!