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post #1 of 7 Old 01-31-2009, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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when cleaning tanks how often do you clean decorations ,my g/f thinks they should be taken out and scrubbed every time or every second time . she doesnt like to seee the algae growing on them.i heard that some algae is benificial. not sure what to do. anyone with advice in this area.

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post #2 of 7 Old 01-31-2009, 10:23 AM
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I never clean my decorations, but I also like the look of algea growing on them. Good Bacteria also grow on the decor, but I dont think you would upset the cycle if you choose to clean your decor. I think the choice is realy up to you. Will not make a difference one way or another.
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-31-2009, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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thanks i guess to please g/f i should do it.

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-31-2009, 11:42 AM
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I don't like algae at all so I clean them whenever they look like they need a scrub. Some tanks this is every week, some it is every other week. It shouldn't hurt anything to clean them unless you have ottos or other fish that eat only algae.

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post #5 of 7 Old 02-02-2009, 08:11 AM
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The surface area of your decorations is very low compared to the gravel in the tank or the filter material in your filter. Giving them a scrub to remove algae won't upset a cycled tank. If the algae is a recurring problem a better way to address it is to deal with the cause, an excess of nutrients or of light.

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post #6 of 7 Old 02-02-2009, 10:31 AM
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I agree with tyyrlym.....I used to clean mine every two weeks because algae was growing on them. I didn't know how this was happenening because my tank is in our basement out of sunlight. I soon came to realize that while i was at work my g/f left the light on allllll day. I leave for work at 5am and get home around 6pm....I have mine on a timer to turn the light on from 6pm till about midnight or so.( do the math, thats about 19-20 hours of lighting a day) so i didn't think twice when I'd get downstairs around 6:30 or so and the light was on.....you should try and locate the source of your problem. Since then, I have cleaned mine twice in about 4 or 5 months! good luck!
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-02-2009, 02:17 PM
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hi
if you have the room for some more fish,how about an algae eater,
ottos were mentioned,they would keep decor clean perhaps,
save you removing the decor all the time.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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