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Old 05-06-2013, 01:42 PM   #1 
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Question Cleaning Decorations?

So I am trying to cycle my 10gal. and I was wondering if I should take the decorations periodically to clean. I do not want to kill beneficial bacteria but one of the castles in the tank is starting to show some gunk. Can I clean it off without killing beneficial bacteria?
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:55 PM   #2 
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You could fill a clean bucket or something with water and add some of your water conditioner to it and put the decoration in it and clean it that way and since the water is treated with conditioner your BB would not be killed.


When mine need cleaning I just fill a jug with water and treat it with my water conditioner and take out the decoration and go outside an pour the treated water over it, that works very well for getting off any gunk. But my tank is already cycled so lets wait and see what others have to say before you try this.

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Old 05-06-2013, 02:13 PM   #3 
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you can clean it in the old tank water when you are doing a water change. make sure you don't let it dry though.
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you can clean it in the old tank water when you are doing a water change. make sure you don't let it dry though.
That is kinda what I assumed I would need to do. Thanks for the advice!
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Even if you do kill off the bacteria on a piece of decor it shouldn't bother your cycle. Most of your bacteria are in your filter.

Unless you don't have a filter. Is it possible the gunk is algae?
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Even if you do kill off the bacteria on a piece of decor it shouldn't bother your cycle. Most of your bacteria are in your filter.

Unless you don't have a filter. Is it possible the gunk is algae?
I do have a filter. I will take the decor out during my next water change and give them a cleaning.
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:50 AM   #7 
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My tanks are all smaller than yours, but I soak my decoration in hot water for ten minutes, and wipe them off with a paper towel. That seems to get them pretty clean.
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