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re: bleach treatment
My experience supports Karen Randall's point. I've gathered plants, fish,
rocks, driftwood and substrate from local water ways, some carrying
obvious algae hitch-hikers. I've never bleached or otherwise treated
anything before introducing it because I actually want to introduce as
much of that natural diversity as I can support in my tanks. Turns out
that normal aquariums just won't support very much of it.
I have one type of imported algae that got established in one tank. It
is a rather coarse, attached algae that when left alone has grown
filaments up to a few inches in length. But it grows slowly and grazing
by my shrimp and guppies keeps it trimmed into an attractive, bright green
mat on a small piece of driftwood.
So, even though I've introduced one kind of algae that way, I'm not
complaining. I'm pretty sure I could get rid of it if I wanted.