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Old 07-02-2008, 11:35 AM   #1 
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tank furniture turning green?

I have a plastic skeleton in a bowl with my betta fish and it used to be white but its turning kinda greenish and I wanna know how to return it to white?

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Old 07-02-2008, 12:11 PM   #2 
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is it algae? if so you can just rinse it off (without soap or any other chemicals!). or is the acctuall material turning green?
do you know the water parameters?
is anything else in the tank green
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Old 07-02-2008, 12:12 PM   #3 
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It's probably algae growth. Take it out and scrub it with an algae scrub pad (found at any pet store) under warm tap water - like Meatpuppet said, DO NOT use any kind of soap or chemical. To keep this from happening in the future make sure you clean tank decorations regularly (just do the same thing with all the decorations as I just told you to do with the skeleton). You can also use the algae scrub pad to clean algae off the glass of the aquarium - don't worry if it breaks up the algae and it floats around, your filter should catch any pieces of it that break off.

Other ways to prevent algae - don't leave the aquarium light on for more than 10 hours a day, make sure you so partial water changes weekly, and don't put the tank in direct sunlight. If you ever have a huge algae outbreak you can buy something called AlgaeFix that will kill algae and help keep future growth down.
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:24 PM   #4 
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I do not believe it is algae though, I have soaked it in hot tap water for at least 45 minutes and its still pretty green, it is the actual skeleton turning green
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:23 PM   #5 
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well i never heard of this happening. is the skeleton made to be an aquarium decoration?

it may be that it's original color is chipping or leaching out
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Old 07-02-2008, 04:49 PM   #6 
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What color is your gravel?
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:26 PM   #7 
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did you get it in an aquarium shop...is it resin or glass?
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:54 PM   #8 
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idk I guess im gonna soak it in hot water and scrub more lol, it should be okay though but thankyou
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:15 PM   #9 
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Some types of algae as well as mold takes a whole lotta scrubbin'.
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