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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-20-2013, 05:32 AM Thread Starter
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Removing a large decoration.

I want to remove a rather large ornament from a tank I have and I am concerned about what may be released from under it when I pick it up.
It is this ornament from petsmart:

The 29 gallon tank currently houses a betta and an uncountable amount of cherry shrimp. The substrate is 3"-4" of soil with a lava rock cap. I don't mind the mess that will be created, I just wonder if I am going to kill anything by removing the ornament before the shrimp and fish.
I need the ornament to set up their new tank.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-20-2013, 05:55 AM
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I dont think so. Ive dont things like this a few times and never had problems.

The worst case was when I had a 29 gallon very heavily stocked community tank (maybe 25 large 2-3inch gold barbs, 20 whitecloud mountain minnows, im pretty sure some platies and corydoras too) for years as a teenager. When I took out the plastic decorations after 2 years of never being cleaned underneath (so I could try live plants) a ridiculous amount of brown organic material floated up and made it so you couldnt even see through the water.

I did a water change and spent 5 mintues using a net to scoop most of it out, and had no issues whatsoever.

Shrimp are more sensitive, but I dont think youll release anything that cant be solved by a water change and cleaning of your filter an hour later after its pulled all the gunk from the water.
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