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Old 04-27-2012, 11:10 AM   #1
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How to Clean Artificial Plants

I have plastic plants in my tank that are starting to get algae on the leaves. I've tried just scrubbing them off by hand and even with a toothbrush, but that's not very effective. Is there a proper and safe method of cleaning algae from artificial plants?
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:11 AM   #2
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I've never had much luck with that. On the other hand, it does make them look more real. You can try leaving them out in the sun to see if that will fade the algae spots, but it might fade the entire plant.
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...it does make them look more real. ...
Well, you would think so. But actually it just makes them look dirty and unkept. I may try to boil them to see if it helps.
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:39 PM   #4
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A safe cleaner like vinegar? It may 'eat' at the algae making it easier to clean
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:43 PM   #5
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When I had fake plants, I'd swish them in a mixture of bleach and water (10 water to 1 bleach) then rinsed them, after that I'd soak them in a bucket of water with Prime.
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Well, [edit]1:10 bleach:water worked within seconds! However, I've rinsed over and over again but they still smell like bleach.
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Well, 10:1 bleach:water worked within seconds! However, I've rinsed over and over again but they still smell like bleach.
Soak them in a strong solution of chlorine remover. That will make them safe for use in your tank again. I have been cleaning plastic plants this way for years, never a problem!!
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What about the ornament cleaner solutions? Haven't used them myself, but seen some at my LFS... Won't that be any good?
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:11 AM   #9
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When I had fake plants, I'd swish them in a mixture of bleach and water (10 water to 1 bleach) then rinsed them, after that I'd soak them in a bucket of water with Prime.
Seachem Prime seems readily available, and very affordable. Is this what you use?
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Seachem Prime seems readily available, and very affordable. Is this what you use?
Yes it is. It's the only dechlor I use anymore.
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