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Lead weights and how do you sterilize plants for aquatic setups

deedee71

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hi :ufo:

the last time I purchased elodea the oxygenating plant, I ended up with big larvae that I think were dragonfly related :mad: I would like to sterilize the plants somehow. is it safe for the newts to soak them in a salt solution and if it is safe, would it actually kill any pests?

also, another plant related question, are the lead weights ok for the newts?

thanks in advance :)
 

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hi :ufo:

the last time I purchased elodea the oxygenating plant, I ended up with big larvae that I think were dragonfly related :mad: I would like to sterilize the plants somehow. is it safe for the newts to soak them in a salt solution and if it is safe, would it actually kill any pests?

also, another plant related question, are the lead weights ok for the newts?

thanks in advance :)

Soak them in salt solution, rinse in dechlorinated water, should be fine for newts.

Not sure if salt solution can kill dragonfly larvae - lime or hydrogen peroxide, perhaps.

I'd stay away from lead weights - heavy metal such as lead, copper, iron, zinc are all toxic to amphibians.
 

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i think a salt solution can kill each other (plant and larvae).
 

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I collect plants from ponds from time to time, and i sterilize them with salt. It can kill snails, but there will sometimes be some survivors, so i imagine that it is possible it wouldn't kill a dragonfly larva.
Make sure you don't let the plants sit in the salt water for more than a minute or two, or it can end up killing the plants. Be sure to rinse well afterward.
 
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