So I was lucky and managed to snag a 5 gallon tank and a 10 gallon tank today at a yard sale, both with all accessories and some small decorations. I paid $15 total for both including two stands. So far, I've got the 5 gallon set up and no leaks, etc. My VT boy doesn't know what to do with himself with all the new room. The 10 gallon will be a community tank *hopefully* with my Double ray CT The only thing I'm not thrilled with is on the 5 I think either the top is broken, or all the lightbulbs are shot. I tried pulling the two lightbulbs out of the 10 gallon and none of them work in the 5. Anyway, on to the question.
The 10 gallon had the old "kept in the garage, not used in forever" film to it. I figured it was just dust and it needed a good cleaning. I got it home and went to cleaning it outside. The "dust" actually looks like hard water build up. I used a scrubby dish sponge and got some of it off, but there's still a ton in there. Is there anything I can use to get the hard water grunge off? I don't want to use the typical all purpose household cleaners as I'm anal about what gets put into a fish tank, but I'd really like to get it all out. The scrubby sponge did well but it took me about 2 hours of soaking and scrubbing to make a dent. I've got it outside right now soaking overnight to see if any of the stuff will soften and come off. Any ideas or tips?
The betas were in 1 gallon tanks when I got them (I know bad mommy.. but they both had daily water changes) so I'm really wanting to get my CT (Atlas) into a bigger tank pronto. My VT (Cooper) loves his new digs.