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>From: "Bailin Shaw" <bailin_shaw at hotmail_com>
>Subject: Re: KMnO4
> >Potassium permanganate is rather powerful stuff, there
> >are better alternatives depending on what you are attempting
> >to accomplish. PP is a very strong oxidizer, in fact it will
> >turn rust back to iron ;)..... I do have the dosage though if
> >your still interested, but I'd rather understand your needs first.
>My lfs often carries some interesting plants that aren't often found >in 
>Oklahoma (not exactly the mecca for aquarium enthusiasts).  Many >of the 
>plants I bring back from the store are from tanks that have >fish that are 
>ill.  Since I can't find a wide variety elsewhere, I >need to sterilize the 
>plants prior to introduction into a tank.  When >I was first starting out 
>in the hobby about a year ago, I just rinsed >off the plants and in they 
>went into the tank.  Unfortunately, after >such an incidence, a number of 
>my prized rams started dying.  It was >depressing watching them slowly keel 
>over one by one.  Now, I've >learned my lesson and want to do it correctly. 
>  I'm reluctant to use >bleach because most of my plants melted the last 
>time I tried this.  >Therefore, my other alternative would be the use of 
>potassium >permanganate.  This is especially important since I started a 
>planted >discus tank.  If you could pass along the info, I would be very 
> >appreciative.

This sounds like a great time to use a seperate holding tank to me.  Instead 
of blasting the plants with oxidizers, how about keeping them in a fishless 
tank for a while?  Most fish diseases that I know of can't survive without a 
host fish for very long and will soon be eliminated from the plants.  I have 
never felt the need to do anything but pick the pond snails off of plants 
before I plop them in my tank, but this is the way I would treat plants of 
questionable "sterility".

Matthew Shaffer

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