It has come to our attention that some plants, that are imported in from Asia are/have been subject to pesticides when grown or stored. The pesticide used is thought to be something along the lines of Permethrin. These pesticides have uninvitedly attributed to a few cases of invert (shrimp) deaths, fish seem to fine with this pesticide. We are highlighting this in the planted section as shrimp tanks are becoming more and more popular. The price of shrimp isn't also exactly cheap. Some shrimp keepers have lost hundreds of pounds worth of shrimp and even more selling on profit.
As we are not allowed to name names of sellers who import from Asia, we ask you to be especially careful when buying plants that come straight from the seller via Asia without any quarantine time.
If you do buy plants this way then we should stress that you give your plants a quarantine time, of at least 2-3 days, changing the water regularly and also running carbon in you filter when adding the plants. This will hopefully get rid of any residual pesticide, but isn't guaranteed.
NB, plants from Europe don't use pesticides (Tropica, Aquafluer etc etc), these don't need to be quarantined, but do require a wash before planting.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 12:50 PM
Per this topic, I thought it would be wise to mention this situation in this section, as shrimp and perhaps other inverts would be the affected species;
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