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Hi I have a buce mini purple on the way to me, and I'm thinking its best I bleach dip it kill all nasty's on it, not shor what mix will be ok how long to dip for this plant, any help please 

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Bucephalandra is a very hardy plant and can bounce back from most things you put it through. But in saying that bleach mixes with any plants can destroy it in not careful. 

I tend to stay away from bleach and use a 20-30% H2o2 mix instead. Food grade proxide is available at most health food  specialist stores and can be bought already diluted to specific strengths or dilute it yourself with Di water.  

My method on hardy plants is a 20-30% H2o2 mix and 10-20% on your more sensitive plants. Once you ready place the plant into a bowl and pour the solution over the plant and soak for 2-3min. Then Remove plant from the bowl and place it into another bowl with tank water overnight (give it a bit of a swirl every now and then) Carefully check the plant out for any bugs/snails etc if any found repeat the process, if all clear rinse in another bowl of tank water and place in your aquarium. 

This simple method has worked well for me in the past and to date have never had issues in any of my tanks. I believe it's a less aversive method than using bleach. 

I am working on a gassing method where I am running a vessel of water at 190mg/l of Co2 to try eradicate any nastys but haven't perfected it yet. 

 

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This is the Proxide I use, it's a 50% strength and I dilute as I need. I buy mine from my LFS and is about $25 for a 500ml bottle. 

I also use in in my sochting oxydator at a mix of 6% 

There is mixing directions on this forum somewhere I just can't find it ATM. 

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On 10/03/2017 at 7:12 PM, Tricky said:

Hi I have a buce mini purple on the way to me, and I'm thinking its best I bleach dip it kill all nasty's on it, not shor what mix will be ok how long to dip for this plant, any help please 

Thanks

How did you go? 

 

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