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asprine
13th September 2009, 22:41
Hola a todos
Hope everyone's well. Today i bought some plants for my axie's tank, this one is native to their actual natural environment in xochimilco so I'm sure it will go well with them, the question is. ┐How do I clean the plant so I can safely move it to my axies tank? I wanna avoid all kinds of parasites, bacteria and snails that might be in it. I'd like to know as soon as possible before the plant dies or somethinghehe.

Cheers everyone and happy Mexican Independence Day!

BTW. Here's a photo of the plant, it's called lirio

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3192/2694797819_fb6cd04898.jpg?v=0

If you can't see it just type "Lirio acuatico Xochimilco" on google

Darkmaverick
13th September 2009, 23:45
You can try rinsing and washing the plants under a diluted potassium permaganate solution. Thereafter rinse extensively and quarantine your plants for about a month.

asprine
14th September 2009, 00:49
Thanks a lot, but where can I find this?

Darkmaverick
14th September 2009, 03:18
Try the chemist.

oceanblue
14th September 2009, 19:10
There is nothing wrong in using this plant in your tank but it looks to me like a non-native Eichhornia crassipes.

The english name is water hyacynth and it is an amazon native which is regarded as an ecological disaster in many water systems around the world. Are you sure it is a native?

Abrahm
14th September 2009, 20:19
You can try rinsing and washing the plants under a diluted potassium permaganate solution. Thereafter rinse extensively and quarantine your plants for about a month.

It should be noted that potassium permangante is a powerful oxidizer and will stain pretty much any clothing or skin it contacts brown. Take care when you work with this chemical. Another suggested solution is to dunk the plant in a 10% bleach solution for 5-10 minutes. All dirt and other debris should be rinsed from the plant first as this inactivates the bleach. This method can be fatal to plants.

If this is water hyacinth as oceanblue suggested I wouldn't recommend it for your aquarium. Water hyacinth is a plant that needs extremely intense lighting and abundant nutrients and will often die due to lacking these two necessities.

mitcg
14th September 2009, 20:51
Greetings,

First off, Happy Independence Day week.
Now for the plant shown, i had that plant myself, it needs alot of light something Axolotls are not big fans of. I had about 5 of those, they all died.

Good luck.

Celeste
18th September 2009, 02:43
Hi Mario!!

Actually potassium permanganate is sold in aquariums.
I had this plant too, had it in a bucket after using potassium permanganate , and even using that I found later some "sanguijuelas" (This little worm that stick to the skin and suck the blood, dont know the name in english), so be very carefull.
Also you have to be carefull because if this plant gets well in your tank, it reproduces fast and can dicrease the movement on your waters sourface.

Happy Independence Day!!!

asprine
26th September 2009, 16:32
thank you all for your nice replies, i think i wont put it in, i'll have it as a pet plant