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Mold in a tank? Can I still salvage plants?

Ok so a friend is giving me her plants. Her fish died off a long time ago so then the plants got over grown and kinda quit caring for the tank and so the water levels in her 20 gal and 75gal got pretty low and the filter wasn't going. So there is some mold on the top of the water. I'm also getting some of the decorations as well.

There's still alot of good java moss and some java ferns and a few anubias that are alive and some water lettuce maybe.

So can I give the plants a good rinsing off and will they be ok for my tank? Same way with the decorations will they be ok too and the driftwood as well?

I've been gone from here for some time. Sorry about that! I currently just have my 55gal low light running with some guppies for now and it's in need of a replant so I thought i'd see if her plants would be usable and do the replant at the same time.

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I think a good cleaning like you describe will work. Do you have any cleaner critters in your tank that might eat the remaining mold if it tries to come back? Shrimp, Loricariads, snails, other...

If you want to try a quarantine period I would make sure there is plenty of water movement. Mold does not seem to grow very well when the water is moving really well.
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I have some ottos but that's about it right now for cleaning. and they do ok but I only have two. How many should I have in a 55gal?

And really good to hear about the plants that they can be saved! I have them and the decs in a plastic tub right now with water and i'm gonna go through them tomorrow then.

So they'll probably be safe to put right in the tank then? I'm sure my friend didn't have a disease going on in her tank, just she'd had those fish forever it seemed.

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Well I scrubbed and scrubbed all the ornaments and rubbed and rinsed the plants again and again before adding them to the tank. And the fish seemed fine for the first 3 days and now our guppies are dying from what looks like a fungal infection

Any good ideas now?

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Well we bought some guppies from a little girl in town here whose grandma I know. And then we added about a little over an handfull of guppies from petsmart and lost only a couple from petsmart and the ones we bought here in town have all passed away and about a week ago was our last fish loss and the rest seem to be doing great now.

I wonder what happened? They looked like they had these big white spots on them? They weren't little bitty fluffy moldy spots. And none of they were like that when I bought them.

Andy idas?

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white spots on fish is generally ick. it can happen when introducing new fish into a new environment or when chemical levels are out of balance. Could have also come in off the fish from the petsmart...
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It was probably ich. keep a good eye on the fish incase some more get infected.

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