04-17-2009, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Fishin Pole
Do NOT clean anything your gonna use in your fish tank with any kind of soap....EVER!.........Use old tank water from a water change and a "Aquarium only" brush to clean and tank decor.........Its NOT a good idea to ever change all your water.........A maximum of a 50% water change and thats if you have fry in the tank.........A 30% water change every day for 3 days is better than a 100% water change all at once
I disagree. Soap and bleach are just fine to use for cleaning fish things. The important thing is that you rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse, and rinse some more. Cleaning a empty tank and decor in this manner is fine. Substrate however I always suggest using the oven on broil to sanitize it. Driftwood should be sanitized by boiling. Also changing all water is fine, though normally unnecessary. I would only worry if you have sensitive fry in the tank. I've done 95+% water changes w/ endler fry and they have always been fine. If its an emergency I will drain the tank and leave only enough water for the fish to swim(1-3"), I may fill it back up and drain it again if it is necessary. I've done this on tanks with young german blue rams and they have always been just fine.
As far as the worms go. I think I know what you are taking about. They are thin tiny white worms. Most stick to the glass and substrate, however some do seem to swim. Does that sound like them? Do they look kinda like mirco worms(the live food)?