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Washing plastic plant

I have a plastic plant in my quarantine tank and was wondering the safest way to wash this without it damaging the fish and poluting the water. Would a bleach solution do the trick? What are the amounts. Of course I would remove the plant to wash.

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Plastic Plant?

Never heard of them. Is that an aquatic version of a rubber tree? Does if feed from the water column or substrate?

OK, bad joke. Im sure a weak Bleach solution would be fine with a little added elbow grease.
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Any time I need to sterilize aquarium equipment, I do the weak bleach solution and then let the item soak in fresh water that has double the suggested amount of dechlorinator in it. Then it gets a good rinsing and is allowed to dry before being used again. Maybe it is overkill, but better safe than sorry.

Of course, if it's just a bit mucky from algae or something, a scrubbing with plain hot water is about all you need.
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A while back I was given some tanks, decorations, rocks, filters and the like for free. Since it would be a while before I was going to be able to get them planted I set them up fish-only. All of the plastic plants (ugh) and everything else were absolutely filthy from blatant neglect. My solution, pop them in the dishwasher with all the settings turned to high, a healthy amount of bleach added and let it run. After that I ran another cycle with only fresh water, then one with a large amount of dechlorinator. Everything came out looking like brand new. I was amazed. The porous rock that was dirt brown from algae stains was bright white with stripes that I was not able to see before.
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A while back I was given some tanks, decorations, rocks, filters and the like for free. Since it would be a while before I was going to be able to get them planted I set them up fish-only. All of the plastic plants (ugh) and everything else were absolutely filthy from blatant neglect. My solution, pop them in the dishwasher with all the settings turned to high, a healthy amount of bleach added and let it run. After that I ran another cycle with only fresh water, then one with a large amount of dechlorinator. Everything came out looking like brand new. I was amazed. The porous rock that was dirt brown from algae stains was bright white with stripes that I was not able to see before.
Hey never thought about that! Is there a chance the plastic could melt??

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Odds are if it won't melt a plastic tupperware container, it won't melt your plastic plants. Just make sure you put 'em in the top rack.

Before you know it we'll be seeing plastic plants marked "dishwasher safe" . . .

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You can probably use the same methods to wash the sunken treasure chest, and the aquanaut figurine.
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I have always used plastic plants in my quarantines. They give the fish some cover and keep the quarantine clean and free of debris. Makes it much easier to medicate and control.

The dishwasher idea is a good one, but personally, I couldn't do it. You can soak the plastic plants in a bleach solution, give them a thorough rinse, and then dechlor them just to be certain.

That is how I do it!

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