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koolman56 10-22-2006 11:32 AM

Do Pleco's Do Good With Bricks?
OK, i made a cave out of 4 bricks that my pleco can fit in really well but.... i dont know if i should put it in the tank or not. i washed them real good with hot water, bleached them w/ a 1 to 8 solution of water and bleach and washed them for about 5 minutes each after that and you can smell any bleach on them is this safe to do?

crazie.eddie 10-22-2006 12:45 PM

I would have soaked the brick in a solution of water with dechlorinator.

I'm not familiar with brick material, but I would check the pH before you added the brick and also after, to make sure it does not change the pH of your water. Check the pH on a weekly basis.

oscar 10-22-2006 01:20 PM

I have seen zebra tanks full of bricks, they were spawning well. I would take eddies advice though, and if they smell of bleach dont use them! Soak them good and proper, boiling would help.

koolman56 10-22-2006 01:55 PM

spelling mistake! they dont smell like bleach lmao and also i was tired and didnt write it right i soaked them in decholinated water for about 10-20 minutes and made a cave and they are now in my tank and my pleco loves them and have been for about 3 hours now and no probs,
tanks :lol:

Alexis 10-25-2006 11:36 AM

In the future, you might want to just boil them for about ten minutes.
Faster and more foolproof method of cleaning.
Plus it takes lees effort...I'm lazy. :oops:

FunkWeasel 10-27-2006 08:24 PM

Yea i would have boiled them too. When it comes to my tank i dont mess around with possibly introducing new chemicals. I boiled my flower pots.

Edit: and yes plecos do well with bricks! but im sure you have noticed by now lol.

daisycutter 01-09-2007 05:42 PM

bricks are made with baked clay not too disimalar to flower pots so long as there new bricks , they soak up things from concrete otherwise

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