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Old 01-05-2013, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default Ridding plants of snails using bleach?

Will my plants tolerate it? (anubias/moss balls)
How effective is it at ridding snails?
How do you do it? (how much bleach/water, length of time, how much/long do you rinse).

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Old 01-05-2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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Bleach would kill your plants. To clean plants, I personally use hydrogen peroxide. I don't know if it would kill snails though. Another thing that might work would be using alum. I have heard that works.
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
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You can use bleach to rid most plants of snails.

For anubias, I use a weak solution of bleach water. I don't soak the plants, I bath them (using my hands to "clean" the leaves & stems) removing snails and egg sacks. I avoid touching the roots, just rinsing them.
Then rinse the whole plant in dechlored water.

Bleach will kill moss balls
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:33 PM   #4
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I know many aquarists who use bleach to clean their plants of snails/snail eggs with great success. Some say to bathe as WFF mentioned, others let them soak for a few minutes and then bathe. You do not want to just leave them in there for long periods of time, just long enough to kill the pests. Rinse very well in dechlorinated water and plant where you want. I can't remember the ratio of water to bleach, but I know it is a mild solution. I think its 1:5 but I wouldn't swear to it. (One part bleach; 5 parts water)
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1 part bleach to 19 parts water...soak for 2 minutes precisely.....no ; not 2 minutes and 10 seconds...
peroxide won't do anything to snails or eggs....do not use bleach on any kind of algaes or mosses...moss balls are a form of algae i believe...
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Great, thanks everyone!...I wonder what I could do with the moss balls??
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potassium permanganate...
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I was thinking she would use more than that. Okay then. Guess I learned something today.
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The bleaching went well, but how much should I rinse them now? I rinsed for 10 mins and still smell a slight sent of bleach, I would rather over rinse than under rinse, do you think another 10 mins would be good, or are there any other techniques?
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rinse for a couple more minutes..then put them in a container with 1 gallon of water..add enough dechlorinating agent for 20 gallons and let soak for about 5 minutes..
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Hi, I did not use bleach, I actually got 2 baby clown loaches and the snails were gone in 2 days..Now I dont know if you have room for more fish or not but it worked for me and did not harm my tank. Good luck.
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