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Old 05-31-2011, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone ever cleaned plants with bleach? Ive also heard of dipping them in flourish excel. Any pointers on how to clean off my anubias.
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Unless the Anubias is attached to wood or somethin, I'd pull it up and put some Excel in a spray bottle and spray on it. If it is attached, maybe you can do the same thing during a water change if it gets exposed.
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yeah i got a big bottle of excel coming in the mail right now, ill try that when i get home. I was hoping i could use a bleach solution, cheaper.
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I've tried other things, even cidex. Nothing seems to replace the effectiveness of Excel.
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A bleach dip is one part bleach five parts water.You only dip it for a minute or so,then tinse well and place in a bowl of water with 2X dechlor in it.Or thats how I did my bleach dips.Been awhile since ive needed to.I but from people I know,to cut out the risk.
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i heard 1 part bleach 19 parts water. I only plan on doing it to the anubias the rest of my plants i just trim off any leaves with algea.
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Interesting.

FWIW I never have cleaned my plants ever.

I think a few spots on then give them character.

they also live for years and years so I don't worry.


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I wouldn't normally clean plants unless they are new and there's a risk of introducing a disease and/or any unwanted critters, especially snails! Its quite stressful on plants when they are exposed to bleach, so unless there is a real need, I would avoid it... Just my 2 cents.
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