Green Slime On Plastic Plants/ Cleaning Sponges

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Offline barneyadi

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Green slime on plastic plants/ Cleaning sponges
« on: April 16, 2018, 07:09:14 PM »
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Hi all

Having a problem with my plastic plants. They seem to be covered in a slimy substance and then strings of green seem to come out of it. And no matter what I do it keeps coming back. Any ideas?

Also had my filter sponges for a while now and wondering how best to change them or give them a good clean without loosing the bacteria. They are also slightly slimy.

any help much appreciated.

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Re: Green slime on plastic plants/ Cleaning sponges
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 09:11:38 PM »
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Are you able to take a pic of your plastic plants and the slime which is coming off them - is it possible that it's algae coating them?

Filter sponges should just be given a gentle squeeze in being-discarded tank water during the water change; that way, you'll not lose too much of the beneficial bacteria.

Only if they're disintegrating, which oughtn't to happen, should they be replaced - and, in that case, only replace 1/3 at a time to avoid losing too much beneficial bacteria at a time, then wait a few weeks before changing another 1/3, etc. The best way to only replace 1/3 is to cut any new filter sponge to the same size as the piece being removed.

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Re: Green slime on plastic plants/ Cleaning sponges
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2018, 02:11:57 PM »
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Hi I think it is an algae issue. One of the plants was covered in the slime green stuff, not sure where it is all coming from as other tank hardly has any. Could it be an overfeeding issue?
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Re: Green slime on plastic plants/ Cleaning sponges
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2018, 04:18:35 PM »
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Does this help identify the green slime?
http://www.theplantedtank.co.uk/algae.htm

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