Karen B. Posted December 10, 2022 Share Posted December 10, 2022 Greetings! Here are 3 questions: 1) I moved fish from one aquarium to another about 1 month (ish) ago. I unplugged the aquarium filter, heater, etc. but left some rocks in it, as well as a branch and the substrate. I want to restart the aquarium - I am changing the substrate, will empty/change the water, but was wondering if I should sterilize the whole aquarium because it was left with stagnant water for over a month or would a quick rince be ok? Can I leave the rock in it or it has to be sterilized as well? 2) I am soaking 2 somewhat big roots to have them sink for a futur aquarium. So far I was replacing the water in the bucket every 3-4 days. I won’t be able to do it for 2 weeks during Christmas. What should I do? Leave them in the bucket with the stagnant water as no aquarium can house them right now. Or empty the bucket and let them to dry? If they dry for 2 weeks, will they start floating again? They are eucalyptus roots. They are a bit slimy ish, as maybe I should have changed the water on a more regular basis? There is nothing visual, it’s just if I touch them or the glass container that keeps them at the bottom that I can feel some slimy stuff. Will it be hurtful for my futur fish? I have boiled/sterilized the wood already. Must I do it again or just rincing would suffice? 3) I have this 10 gallons that have been running for 3 months. I used it for quarantining plants that all ended up pretty much melting. I haven’t touched the aquarium so the bottom is full of yucky mulm/melted plants, etc. However I left a sponge filter run and did add water here and there. Can I vacuum the mulm and yucky stuff, plant the aquarium and consider it cycled? Or should I remove/replace all the water? It wasn’t stagnant as the sponge filter has been working but the quantity of detritus at the bottom is disgusting and I wonder if it could have spoiled the water quality? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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