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So, I'm thinking of getting some PP, because I've been experimenting with new plants lately, and many of them cannot handle bleach too well. However I have many questions, so I decided to compile them into one thread, rather than clog up the subbie forums. Hopefully others can learn along with me. Brace yourselves, I have a boatload of questions! - From what I have browsed on the forum, it seems that PP has no set measurement or ratio? All I have collected is you keep mixing it in until it's dark, opaque purple. Anyone have any general measurement of how this is achieved? Does it take a few teaspoons? Tablespoons? Granted, I know everyone sterilizes in different sized containers, but I think the estimation of around 2-3 gallons is about the average. - Once you get the water a dark purple-y, how long do you leave it for with the plants? I know it's in the hours range, does it vary based on the plant? For example, stem plants should be in for about this long, swords for about this long, anubias this long, etc. etc. - Does PP stain plants at all? What about sinks, bathtubs, etc.? What about skin? (I would be wearing gloves, anyway) If it does, how easily does it come off? - I assume you dip the plants in dechlorinated water after the PP dip, yes? - How effective is PP at killing pond snails and snail eggs? What about algaes? - Is PP irritating or damaging to the skin at all, if you accidentally get some on you? - How much should I buy? I don't buy plants too often, I'm not sure if I should just get a pound or a quarter of a pound, etc, etc. OK I think I'll leave it at that, and if I have more questions later I will ask. Thanks for your time!