Yearly Tank Cleaning- The tearing down and building up.
Hi guys, this one day I was reading in my monthly Aquartist magizine, (Aquarium Fish International, ya gotta love it!) and i came across this one passage, which stated that it's a good idea once every year, to completely tear down your aquarium, in terms, empty the entire thing out, steralize everything, (nets, filter, aerobic grid, cartilage, heater decor, cups, airline tubing,etc.) Literally everything that has come in contact with the habitat. Then "rebuild" the tank as if your starting up a new tank.
And I figured, hey, it's a good idea, i mean like i already had FL and DS (may they rest in peace) die because of secondary infections from other past fish because i didn't steralize the tank good enough. (No wonder my fish keep getting Dropesy!)
So I want to end the Dropesy line right here and now, because im sick of seeing my fish suffer because of this horrible diesese. Problem is, how exactly do i steralize? I heard bleach is an option, but it's really risky and i want to stay as far away from it as possible. Please help, i mean, i keep finding pineconing and bloated fish because of lack of steralization. What have you found to be the best and effective way to steralize a tank without causing a secondaty infection to future fish?
Also, can i wash it and just leave it in the sun to dry, than wash it again, wipe it clean, and add water?
Thank you for all your help, any advice will help :)
- Dead Sunlight
Hmm, well I have a lot of fish...