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Setting up old tank

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Thalygos

Monday, August 27, 2001 - 06:11 pm
I have an old 55 gallon fish tank that hasn't been used in some time. I would like to start it up again. But don't know the proper way to clean it. It's been sitting in my parent's garage for about 3 years. I've already cleaned all the dust and dirt out of with water. Any other ideas. Figureing that soap would be to harsh, what else could be used to clean it. All help is appreciated. THANKS!!!

  

G

Monday, August 27, 2001 - 06:52 pm
Depending on what type of dirt and grime has built up, using white vinegar may help. This will mainly work on any mineral deposits which may have been left from when the tank was previously set up. A mild bleach solution may work on some spots, but be careful with bleach and silicon, I've heard bleach can cause the silicon to become less flexible, and even brittle if exposed too long. If you do use a mild bleach solution, be sure to rinse the tank a couple of times. Any remaining bleach should be taken care of when you add dechlor to the water. If you just have a lot of crud stuck on the side, use a razor blade to scrape it off. Razor blades work very well on aquariums. Generally, a damp paper towel rubbed along the sides and bottom should get it ready for water and fish.
I believe there is already a post similar to this in a different section of the the message board, so give it a quick browse, and you should find about a hundred other ideas.

  

Thalygos

Monday, August 27, 2001 - 09:29 pm
G,


Thanks for the advice...

  

Shan

Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 03:54 pm
If your aquarium is glass a razor blade is fine. Don't use razor blade if it's acrylic or it will get all scratched up.

  

amy humphries

Friday, September 07, 2001 - 10:31 am
I am setting up a a 20-gallon tall tank that I used to keep tree frogs in for fish. I'm planning on setting it up as a biotope (slow moving stream type). I want to use the river sand froma mountain river near my home because it is gorgeous , fine sand. My questions are:

A)Can I use natural sand that I collect myself?
B)Do I need to cleanse it, and is so, How?

Any help would be apprecitaed. Up until this point, I have been using pet store pea gravel but this is nicer and more natural. The river is still clean enough to drink from!

Amy

  

joycedonley

Friday, September 07, 2001 - 12:13 pm
Yes you need to clean it just like you would gravel. You might add a small amt of bleach to the rinse water to kill off any strange bacteria or organisms. Just make sure you rinse it very thouroughly and cannot smell any bleach before putting it in your tank. I know some people who use play sand in their tanks, but your river sand sounds pretty.

  

Kick

Saturday, September 08, 2001 - 09:37 am
Oh, amy, I don't think I would use bleach on it. Depending on the makeup of the sand, the bleach could soak into the sand and then leach out in the tank. To be sure it is free of any bacteria or "unclean" particles, the best option would be to boil it. This should kill anything that could harm the tank. Bleach is not really an option for sand or gravel.

 

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