How to Clean Artificial Aquarium Plants

What You'll Need
Eye protection
Plastic buckets
Chlorine neutralizer
Un-iodized salt
Lemon juice

Artificial aquarium plants are preferred over live plants by many fish enthusiast because they do not affect the oxygen level in the tank. In addition, these plants last long when compared to live plants and they do not tend to outgrow the aquarium. Like all other things in the aquarium, artificial plants also need to be cleaned once in a while so that they remain neat. Artificial plants are usually made of plastic or silk. The best thing to do when cleaning them is to use materials that are not too harsh.

Step 1: Cleaning Plastic Plants

Perpetual damp conditions can make algae build around the plant. The first step to clean is to simply rinse the plant in hot water. Hold the plants directly under running water.

Next, you can safely use bleach for plastic plants because plastic has a protective layer that prevents it from discoloration. You will need to wear your gloves and eye protection because bleach can harm the skin and make it dry and brittle. Add one teaspoon of bleach to a gallon of hot water. You can also add another ½ teaspoon, if your plants are very brightly colored. Now put the plants into the mixture for about an hour and stir them around after every 15 minutes.

Step 2: Expose to Chlorine Neutralizer

Once your one hour is complete, put the plants in another bucket and fill it once again with hot water. This time add chlorine neutralizer instructions on the pack and soak the plants for another hour. Chlorine neutralizer is usually used in pools and spas to reduce chlorine levels, but can help clean products as well.

The last step is to rinse the plant with lots of fresh water. Make sure to use water in a large tub to get rid of any residue chemical. Now your plant clean as ever.

Step 1: Cleaning Silk Plants

Rinse your silk plant under hot water. You need to make a paste of a half cup of un-iodized salt and lemon juice. With the help of a toothbrush, clean the plant with this paste by scrubbing it thoroughly. This will clean all the algae on the plant. Once you are sure that all the algae has been removed, you need to rinse the plant under hot running water.

Be sure to thoroughly clean the tank at least once a month. Remember, the more you take care of the hygiene of the tank, the healthier your fish will be. You can also put in snails into the aquarium. These will not harm the fish in any way. They will eat most of the algae in the tank. They act as a natural cleaning agent.