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Old 10-02-2004, 02:21 AM   #1
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dirty plastic plants

i have a 2 month old tank and the plastic plants have accumulated lots of gunk. should i clean it outside the aquarium? or should i clean it days after i have my scheduled 20% water change this weekend?

should i buy real plants - what kind should i get? will these be useful in the long-run?

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Is this a SW tank? I would clean them outside of the tank.
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Yes, it's a SW tank. Do I clean it after I change the water 20% tomorrow? Or should I clean it a few days after so some beneficial bacteria remains in the tank?
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You can go ahead and clean them when you do a water change. You may want to add more LR and look at live plants. Grape calupera are nice and help with biofiltration to.
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hi lando,
won't it be risky to the fish if i add more live rock? i assume it should be cured? if ammonia levels spike, it might wipe out my system. i only have 4 fish and a bunch of inverts in a 25G tank. i have around 7.5 lbs of live rock....right now my ammonia and nitrites are 0, and nitrates around 12.5....
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It is not risky to add cured LR to your tank. Fully cured LR will not casue an amonia spike. If you order from liverocks.com, they say to not re-cure the rock, just put it in the tank. If you do this you may see a slight amonia spike but it should be short-lived. Just be prepared to do a water change if needed. I added 30 lbs to my 72 gal which already had about 90 lbs of LR in it and had no noticeable change in water parameters.
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