Aquarium Decorations and Ornaments: Plastic Fish Tank Plants

One source of microplastics is abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear.
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If not cleaned properly first, live plants placed in aquariums may introduce parasites or , killing off your fish. Plastic plants are the only plants that may be used in hospitals or quarantined areas.
In other words, in just 34 years, plastic trash in the ocean will outweigh all the fish in the sea.
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"The best research currently available estimates that there are ," the report reads. "In a business-as-usual scenario, the ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne (1.1 tons) of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight)." Description: Different shapes plastic plants are included here. Provide excellent hiding and swimming places for your fishes. Offe
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Photo provided by FlickrThe report also notes that if this trend continues, by 2050, oceans will contain more plastic than fish by weight.
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Aquarium decorations should be cleaned regularly, along with the fish tank and filter equipment. If you clean the tank, but not the decorations, there will still be algae residue clinging to the plastic plants, castles, pirate ships, and other items in your fish tank. And if there is one thing that is hard to eliminate and remove, it is the brownish and greenish stains caused by algae infestation in your aquarium. Here are some ways to clean your plastic accessories.There are a lot of fish tank cleaners at your local pet store that can remove algae not only on the walls of your aquarium, but also on your plastic plants and ornaments. There are even algae scrubs and pads that will make it easier for you to remove those greenish and brownish traces on your decorations, thought these items can be a bit more expensive.If the plastic aquarium decorations in your fish tank is not too dirty, you can easily remove traces of algae and other dirt by simply soaking them in a pail of hot water for 15 to 20 minutes. You can even soak them in boiling water if your they're made from sturdy plastic. However, you should not put flimsy plastic plants in boiling water, as they can easily warp or even melt.Cleaning plastic aquarium plants or silk aquarium plants doesn’t have to be a dreaded chore. It doesn’t have to take up half the day. You don’t have to stress whether you will harm the fish when placing them back in the tank. The following tips will explain an easy and thorough way to clean artificial aquarium plants.Soaking plastic aquarium decorations in a water and bleach solution for 15 minutes or less will help remove tough stains. However, bleach has powerful chemicals that can harm your fish, so rinse the ornaments properly and let them dry. Afterwards, soak them in water again overnight. Again, rinse and dry properly before putting them back to your tank.Any artificial plants that need to be cleaned should be removed from the fish tank and placed in the sink, bathtub, or other suitable container. Always make sure that there aren’t any fish, snails, invertebrates, and etc. hiding on the plants. Products like plastic plants and silk plants can be bleached to look like new. Always wear gloves so as to protect your skin from bleach. Soak the plants in a solution of 15 to 20 percent plain bleach. Do not use perfumed bleach or the gel type bleach….they don’t rinse off nearly as well and can retain residual chlorine or chloramine from the bleaching. After a short period of time, the plants will be cleaned. Rinse them thoroughly under running water. After they have been rinsed well, submerse them in fresh water with several drops to several squirts of will remove excess chlorine or chloramine that is left from the bleaching process. A couple of minutes in will usually do the trick. Rinse items briefly one more time in fresh water. A quick sniff of the plants will let you know if the process needs to be done again. If you do smell any bleach then most likely the bleach solution was a bit too high. Next time use less bleach.