Cleaning Plastic Aquarium Plants

plastic plant with algaeCleaning plastic aquarium plants or silk aquarium plants doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore.  It doesn’t have to take up half the day.  You don’t have to stress whether you will harm the fish when placing them back in the tank.  The following tips will explain an easy and thorough way to clean artificial aquarium plants.

Artificial aquarium plants, whether they are plastic or silk, can be beautiful when they are first placed in the aquarium.  Most, however, need to be cleaned periodically as the algae starts to accumulate on them and the colors fade.  Over the years, a lot of methods have been used to make these “dirty” plants look like new again.  From using a toothbrush, to boiling, to bleaching and letting dry completely, all make an easy job into a major one.

Any artificial plants that need to be cleaned should be removed from the fish tank and placed in the sink, bathtub, or other suitable container.  Always make sure that there aren’t any fish, snails, invertebrates, and etc. hiding on the plants.  Products like plastic plants and silk plants can be bleached to look like new.  Always wear gloves so as to protect your skin from bleach.  Soak the plants in a solution of 15 to 20 percent plain bleach.  Do not use perfumed bleach or the gel type bleach….they don’t rinse off nearly as well and can retain residual chlorine or chloramine from the bleaching.  After a short period of time, the plants will be cleaned.  Rinse them thoroughly under running water.  After they have been rinsed well, submerse them in fresh water with several drops to several squirts of Dechlor.  Dechlor will remove excess chlorine or chloramine that is left from the bleaching process.  A couple of minutes in Dechlor  will usually do the trick.  Rinse items briefly one more time in fresh water.  A quick sniff of the plants will let you know if the Dechlor  process needs to be done again.  If you do smell any bleach then most likely the bleach solution was a bit too high.  Next time use less bleach.

Even though there are other ways to clean algae from plants, this way seems to be the most complete and thorough way to do it in the least dechloramount of time. If you have any concerns about the possibility of a slight residual chlorine or chloramine left on the plants, then put the appropriate amount of Dechlor into the fish tank itself.  This is a time proven way to safely clean aquarium plants of all kinds.  Even a large amount of plants can be taken care of in a quick, efficient way and replaced right back into the tank without fear of death to the inhabitants.

Now that the plants are clean and rinsed, place them back into the tank and arrange them accordingly.  This article is meant to inform the aquarist how to go about cleaning plastic aquarium plants as well as silk plants for the fish tank.  Though Dechlor is mentioned several times above, it is not meant to be an endorsement.  There are other chlorine neutralizers that may be just as effective.  Dechlor just happens to be a familiar product that works well.

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Cleaning Plastic Aquarium Plants
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Those dirty, dingy, awful looking decorative plants in your aquarium don't have to stay that way. This article will explain how to clean them with the least hassle and the best results.



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