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Old 01-31-2009, 11:10 AM   #1
 
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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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Old 01-31-2009, 11:23 AM   #2
 
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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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Old 01-31-2009, 11:34 AM   #3
 
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thanks i guess to please g/f i should do it.
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:42 PM   #4
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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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Old 02-02-2009, 09:11 AM   #5
 
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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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Old 02-02-2009, 11:31 AM   #6
 
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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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Old 02-02-2009, 03:17 PM   #7
 
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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.
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