– Transfer the vinegar solution in a clean spray bottle.
– Spray the mixture on the plastic plant surfaces.
– Wipe away the residue gently.
– Rinse the plastic plants with clean water, and place them back inside the aquarium
- First, rinse your silk plants with hot running water. - Make a mixture of lemon juice and un-iodized salt. - Use the mixture to scrub the silk plants with a toothbrush. - Make sure all the algae and residue are removed. - Rinse the plants again with hot water
The brown is most likely brown algae (diatoms). It's very common in newly set up tanks and usually goes away on its own as the tank becomes established. Can you rub it off the plants easily with your fingers? The cloudy water is likely a bacterial bloom caused by the ammonia
- Clean and rinse new plants with normal tap water. - Mix 3% Hydrogen peroxide, 2-3 ml to 1 gallon of water. - Submerge the plants in the solution for 5 minutes, don't exceed this to avoid discoloration of the leaves. - Rinse plants severally in tap water. - Treat with water conditioner and rinse once again
- Transfer the vinegar solution in a clean spray bottle. - Spray the mixture on the plastic plant surfaces. - Wipe away the residue gently. - Rinse the plastic plants with clean water, and place them back inside the aquarium
Gently wipe the leaves of aquatic plants. Remove any decorations from the tank before cleaning them. Bleach. If your tank decorations are coated with brown algae, soaking them in a bleach solution every few weeks will help