Need Help With Minor Maitenence...Any tips appreciated!

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Hi, I have a small problem (nothing major) with one of my tanks. I want to start up a new tank, so in doing so I am taking rock out from a previous tank which I just ended. My problem is this; the rocks have a lot of algae growth on them, very orange like substances growing on it. I have tried scrubbing these rocks with a toothbrush and boiling them and everything but to no avail. The problem is also that the rocks are very rough with a lot of crevices which I am not able to reach just by hand brushing. I would like to know if there are any other methods to clean off these rocks to get them looking like new again. Any response would be greatly appreciated ! Thanks.
 

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If it is organic in nature, a 5% bleach solution should take care of it.
The solution is made by adding 1 part bleach to 19 parts water.
Pour the bleach into the water as close as you can to the water, and remember, if you use that container for any other fishy thing, it must be dechloranated first.

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hey dino, thanks for responding. so your saying that for every 1 cup of bleach that I put in, I should add 19 cups of water to that? And when I do this, how long do you think I should leave the rocks soaking for? Thanks.
 

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Or what I did was put the rocks in pure Javex over night to soak and then I let them soak in clean water (dechlorinated) for about another day changing the water every hour that I was awake.
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tom I'm not sure what Javex is but the bleach will work(soak a couple of hours or over night) you just have to remember to soak them in dechlorinated water afterwards(overnight is good).
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