What methods do you use to clean your aquarium decorations? Are you tired of scrubbing them? Today, I’ll show you how to clean aquarium decorations.
After reading the article, * You will learn about cleaning aquarium decorations with vinegar. * You will learn the benefits of using vinegar as a cleaning agent.
You know that your decorations are clean on the very first day. However, decorations fade over time for a variety of causes.
- The first fact is algae. Algae form a layer on decorations.
- Minerals in hard water can be deposited on decorations.
- Also, this happens by fish waste and excess fish feeds.
So, after a few weeks, the appearance of our decorations and rocks is not good.
But algae stains and deposited minerals have bound tightly to the decorations. It is somewhat hard to remove.
So, how do you keep them clean and what do you use to clean them? I use white vinegar.
White vinegar has produced favorable outcomes for me. It is available at every supermarket. White vinegar is not a strong detergent or disinfector that can harm aquatic creatures. The acetic acid in vinegar can kill or weaken the microbes. Salt will increase the disinfection ability of vinegar. Also, vinegar can break down hard water deposits and algal stains in a few hours.
Cleaning Aquarium Decorations with Vinegar
Let’s find out how decoration cleaning is doing. Just find out the below things.
- Bottle of white vinegar
- New toothbrush
- A container or a bucket
Step 1: Preparing
- First, you have to prepare a 1:1 vinegar solution.
- Fill the plastic container about 1/3 full of water. Then add an equal amount of vinegar.
- Mix the solutions using a clean rod.
Step 2: Soaking
- Now put the aquarium decorations in the container. Put your pirate ship, submarine, or king’s palace into the container carefully.
- Soak the decorations for a few hours in the vinegar solution. It is recommended that you soak for at least five hours, as I do.
- Vinegar is a mild acid that can react with alkaline. So calcium components react with the vinegar and lose their stickiness.
- The vinegar reacts with both live algae and old algal stains. It loses the stickiness of stains.
Step 3: Brushing
- Hey, get up. It’s your brushing time. We are going to brush your decorations.
- Wait! Before brushing them, pick one from the container and look closer.
- Again you can see the actual appearance of your decoration. It is shining like a new one because vinegar has removed most debris.
- But still, some hard water stains and some hard algal stains will be there.
- Take the toothbrush to your left hand and pick a decoration to the left.
- Gently brush the surface of the decoction to remove hard stains.
- It will remove the remaining algae, algae, and hard water stains.
Step 4: Rinsing
- Now we have almost done our difficult part.
- Next we have to rinse the remaining vinegar residuals using water.
- It’s better to use a water hose that can pressurize the water.
- After washing them, scrutinize the decorations and see if any stains are there.
- If you find any, brush it and rinse.
Step 5: Drying
To remove the moisture from the decorations, dry them using sunlight. After drying well, collect them into your aquarium carefully.
Cleaning aquarium decorations with vinegar is an eco-friendly method. You must follow the steps; preparing the vinegar solution, soaking and brushing, rinsing and drying.