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 Well-Known Member

    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 Well-Known Member

    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 Well-Known Member

  6. fishlady

    fishlady Well-Known Member

    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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