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12-31-2012, 11:24 PM #1
Wild floating watermoss
On a recent trip to my parents I discovered some watermoss in their canal. I want to introduce it to my tank, what do I need to do to it to make sure it's ok to do so?
01-01-2013, 02:19 AM #2
Quarantine the moss to make sure it will not bring in any diseases or pests into your tank. At
LEast two weeks is recommended. After that, if you ever get bored of the moss do not throw it back into a natural water system because now it might introduce dangerous stuff from your tanks into nature. Dispose of it in the trash.
01-01-2013, 02:19 PM #3
I would NEVER chance any wild plant; ILS plants are cheap but wild plants are loaded with nasty bacteria that could run wild in a closed environment like an aquarium. Parasites that won't show for months could also be introduced. Just not worth the risk.Knowledge is fun(damental)
A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.
For Fishless cycling:http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
01-01-2013, 02:49 PM #4
Hmmm lots to ponder. I've read somewhere that dipping the plants in a solution of water and bleach (10:1) for a very short time could kill most bacteria. I'm not cheap as much as I love plants and like to go out and get them myself instead of the ease of buying them. However, I don't want to risk harm to my fish either.
01-01-2013, 04:12 PM #5
do the bleach dip and quaratine for 2 weeks
All plants came from the wild at some point, no reason you can't do as good a job sterilizing/aclimating as anyone else
plants at the LFS are from outdoor pondsAs I get older I find myself thinking about the hereafter - I go into a room and then wonder what I'm here after.
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01-01-2013, 06:53 PM #6
I'll give it a shot then.