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Old 01-05-2013, 07:14 PM   #1 
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Would my heater be OKAY in my tank when I sterilize it?

Hello, thanks for reading this.

I'm having to sterilize my tank three ways: with bleach, vinegar and salt.
I was just wondering if my heater would be okay with all three washes? (The bleach will be in there for three days, they all will, and I will be rinsing the tank like mad)

My heater is a Aqua One 100W and I brought it on 17.11.12, so it is only around one or two months old.

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Old 01-06-2013, 07:56 AM   #2 
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Don't know why you're going to use all 3?

  • Bleach is the most effective out of what you mentioned.
I hope you're not using 100% because at FULL strength bleach CAN damage your silicone seals if you let it soak for 3 days.
  • Salt & vinegar would NOT be as risky to the silicone for a 3 day soak.
As long as you let everything air dry FULLY..... The tank should be safe to reuse after another thorough rinsing.

What size is this tank of yours that you're trying to "sanitize"?
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:06 PM   #3 
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I have to do all three because of a bacteria.. I was advised to do so... here, I will link you to the thread, it's hard for me to explain..

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=124272&page=4

My tank is a 20gallon. They said one gallon of bleach per nine litres of water.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:37 PM   #4 
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Bleach would have been more than enough.

I would have filled a NEW 64oz CLEAR spray bottle with a 10-15% bleach/water solution & sprayed the inside of the tank down & covered it with plastic wrap or the hood.

Every 15 minutes go over the tank again with the spray bottle & make sure everything inside is GENEROUSLY saturated with a fine MIST of the bleach solution.

After 2-3 times or leave the solution in the tank overnight if you want. Then rinse everything out. Allow everything to dry out and use de-chlorinating solution & then rinse again.
  • Vinegar & salt is NOT necessary. If bleach isn't going to kill the pathogen, 10% vinegar or even 20% (Near impossible to find to the general public) isn't going to do NOTHING.

  • In the future, I would advise against EVER using one step AFTER another because even with the residue you can create a toxic gas (bleach + vinegar/ammonia) that will make you violently ill & put you & anyone else in the room in the hospital.

Cal's suggestion would work as well. It just requires you to use 2 whole gallons of bleach instead of a % of the bottle.
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Thank you, I did not know that information. I am very new to sanatizing.

So... I have three bottles of 2L bleach that I brought from the store. What should I do with it? I don't have a bottle etc to spray with..

Sorry, and thank you :)
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That's one reason I never keep those items NEXT to one another. It's just an accident waiting to happen for someone who's never cleaned before.
  • Bleach = laundry area by the washing machine (next to the detergents)
  • Vinegar = kitchen cabinets next to the cooking oil, 5lbs of K-salt.
  • Ammonia = Utility closet (Vacuum & other misc cleaning supplies)

Hopefully you purchased "unscented" bleach.

Don't you have any $1 or $2 stores in your country?

Buy a "CLEAN" spray bottle. (Taller is better) You can attach the sprayer to any liter sized water bottle & fill it up with your bleach solution.



There's plenty of information out there when it comes to cleaning with bleach. Make sure you have proper ventilation in whatever room you're doing this "tank cleaning" in.

Keep the kids/animals away.

Bleach fumes can make you ill too, cause your lungs to feel like they're on FIRE.

Good luck, I'm sure someone else can guide you through the rest.
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Okay, thank you :)

I don't have $1 and $2 stores BUT I do have bottle prayers hanging around.. so I could use those.

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