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    Hello everyone!

    Just one quick question about the corkscrew vals that I got yesterday...

    Every time I get new plants, I disinfect them with potassium permanganate to avoid introducing nasty things into my tank, and I've never had any problems with this... so, I put my new vals in the permanganate bath and when I took them out a couple of hours later, they were brown. They don't look like they are rotting (yet!), and I am hopeful they will eventually perk up... but I am not sure. I know that vals are very sensitive to chemicals like copper, excel, bleach and others... did I kill them?

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    I have killed my vals now twice with peroxide which is supposed to be far less harsh than the permanganate. Excel kills them too and need half doses. Touchie plant.

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    Well... (sigh)... I guess that's it, then.... At least, now I know better....
    By Alfredo Franco-Cea
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    Why did you leave them soaking for a couple of hours?

    I've gotten two batches of Vals from two different sources and gave them a PP bath for 20 minutes each. Once the inital bath was done, I emptied the bucket, refilled with clean water and Prime, then let them soak again for another 20 minutes to deactivate the PP.

    Once that was finished and I gave the plants a good visual look over, I put them in my tank and haven't had any problems with unwanted critters or dead plants.

    It doesn't take hours for the PP to kill snails or otherwise.

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    Oh! I had already forgotten about this thread! It is a few weeks old...

    ... and you may be happy to know that they have perked up! For a while, they looked like they were dead, but I still left them in the tank... then they were uprooted and left them floating next to the light... and they eventually started growing back! I was so happy! Last week, I planted them on the grave again, and, though they haven't grown much since then, they are, at least, not dead... yay!
    By Alfredo Franco-Cea
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    That's great news Alfcea.

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    Glad your Vals perked up for ya I all but killed mine in a routine 1:20 bleach solution for less than 5minutes to kill some filament algae...the roots survived as I didnt dip that part and they are slowly growing back. Vals are picky little things.
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    i buy almost all of my plants from members of the forums, i rarely ever need to treat for pests as they will tell me if there are snails or such in their tanks. all my vals come from a lady in san francisco and i know those are clean... and yes they are touchy plants
    The only substitute for good manners is fast reflexes.
    RIP Roscoe. We will meet again Bug.

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