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Hey guys I have just gotten myself a new oranda and a couple of plants for my bare bottom tank

I have the new guy in QT at the moment, I'd like to put the plants in the main tank but don't wanna use the bleach method as I can see little snails on the plants

Should I just put the plants in the QT with the oranda and when Q time is up transfer both fishy and plant into main tank?

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Well, we usually disinfect plants to prevent any fungus or unwanted critters from invading our tanks. If you want to save the snails, I would pick them off (if possible) and QT them separately to make sure they acclimate to your water before moving them to the larger tank and then proceed with the bleach treatment for the plants to avoid any other bacteria or fungi from invading your tank (:

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Most of the time but not always, the offending snails you find hitching a ride on plants are pond snails. Once they get into your tank they tend to repopulate faster than wild rabbits, they're kind of a nuisance to deal with. I'm not saying these are the snails you've found, however, just air on the side of caution. As LovelyChaos mentioned we disinfect plants to stop any unwanted intruders entering an aquarium. :)

Bleach is one way to disinfect plants, but you can also use PP (Potassium Permanganate) instead.

http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/page/index.html/_/aquatic-plants/how-to-disinfect-your-plants-r262

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Although pond snails can be a nuisance, I can't keep them with my golfish. They become tasty snacks. I drop in extra snails from my smaller tanks, and they usually are eaten before they even hit the sand.

You should bleach the plants, but I wondering if anyone here has an out-of-control pond snail population in a goldie tank. I can't remember anyone talking about that problem.

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I have found that my larger fish keep down the pond snails. In my pond, I had a lot of snails until Molly went in. She did not get all of the snails in the time she was there but drastically reduced their numbers. Also, whne I was cycling the 29 gallon tank with no fish I had an explosion of snails there that was almost instantly taken care of as soon as Annie went in. Two days after she went in, all the snails were gone.

Since then I have moved the big fish to the 56 gallon tank and moved all my pond plants into the 29 gallon. Of course I have snails in that tank again and the new fish is very small, not having as quick an impact.

So from my limited experience, I don't expect I will ever have a major pond snail issue in my goldfish tanks.

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That makes sense. When my fish were smaller, I had a pond snail or two that I would see, but I never saw babies. I think they were keeping the population in check. Now that they are bigger (not big, just medium sized), no pond snail can get big enough to live. :o

What's interesting to me is that I have shrimp in the tank, but not pond snails. :hmm

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That makes sense. When my fish were smaller, I had a pond snail or two that I would see, but I never saw babies. I think they were keeping the population in check. Now that they are bigger (not big, just medium sized), no pond snail can get big enough to live. :o

What's interesting to me is that I have shrimp in the tank, but not pond snails. :hmm

What sort of shrimp do you have? I have considered putting in red cherry shrimp but was concerned they would be an expensive snack for the fish.

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I have ghost shrimp in my 36 and red cherries in my 77. The ghost shrimp babies don't survive, so the population falls but not quickly. They are 34 cents at Petsmart, and I periodically add more. I've had them for a long time, and some always survive. I've never seen the fish eat them, but once I saw a fish with antennae sticking out of her mouth.

I recently put some red cherries in the bigger tank, and I noticed a few the yesterday, so at least some of them are surviving. I do have a piece of driftwood that the fish can't get under that makes a great shrimp home. I wouldn't have bought the shrimp for the tank, but my betta tank has shrimp to spare, so I decided to try it. They are smaller than the GS, but with a safe hiding spot, it might be doable.

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Thanks for the replies guys and snail talk :D

Just about to bleach plant do I dip the roots in as well??

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Thanks for the replies guys and snail talk :D

Just about to bleach plant do I dip the roots in as well??

I take it you've already disinfected since this was posted last night, but yes, the roots can go in as well. :)

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