What is the best way to remove algae and/or snails from plants???

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquatic Plants' started by fishlady, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. fishlady

    fishlady Executive Board

    Is there something you can dip or soak plants in to remove algae and/or snails from the plant without harming the plant?
  2. Aquaticus

    Aquaticus Administrator

  3. fishlady

    fishlady Executive Board

    How much do you use and do you do a quick dip or a soak?
  4. Aquaticus

    Aquaticus Administrator

    1. Add water to bucket. Use an old, clean bucket, because this stuff stains.
    2. Add a couple of spoonfuls of KMnO4 until the water turns purple.
    3. Soak plants for about 10 minutes.
    4. Rinse plants well afterwards.

    KMnO4 is a strong oxidizer and will kill algae and snails. Algae will turn brown and die when it is back in the tank.
  5. fishlady

    fishlady Executive Board

  6. fishlady

    fishlady Executive Board

    Will it stain rocks if I soak them?

    Can you use it in a tank that you want to make sure all the snails are killed if you have already removed fish/plants?

    Does it kill beneficial bacteria as well?

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