Hi! I recently got a freed up ten gallon that my gerbils were recently in. It's in the process of soaking with vinegar so I can clean it up. And by cleaning it up, I mean re-doing the seals, as gerbils dig in the corners and they have warn off, somehow getting rid of the salt creep left by the previous owners of the tank without using harsh chemicals and lastly, placing a divider in it for future use.
What I would like advice most on is how to remove salt creep.
It's extremely thick on the tank borders, but most has dried and been able to flake off, but the glass is still discolored with it, as are many areas with the thinner walls of it. It is quite gross. I've used vinegar treatments on it several times, but to no avail.
Has anyone had success with anything else?
The second thing is dividers.
Should I divide it three ways, leaving 3.3 gallons approx for each boy, or just two, leaving five? I know I could always make a removable divider, but they make me kind of nervous, and I'm trying to decide between the flexibility of removable, or the safety/looks or permanent.
What brand of sealant is best, and why? Any tips in general?
Lastly is substrate!
I would /love/ to use sand in this tank, as it is my favorite substrate, but I'm not quite sure on which to use. I could use playsand from Home Depot, well rinsed, of course, or I could buy sand, preferably black, though now brand is in question. If anyone has suggestions, I would love to hear them! Bear in mind, however, that there is no Petco here, so a Petco specific brand would not be the best recommendation.
Thank you in advance!