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Old 02-27-2013, 11:08 AM   #1 
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how to sterilize a tank?

Hi,
What is the best way to sterilize a tank?

My betta passed away 2 weeks ago and I want to get the tank , heater, thermometer and some glass containers also sterilized.

Several years ago I got some advice from another website to use bleach at one part for every 19 parts water (1:9 for glass) let sit for 30 min and then rinse, rinse, rinse until you cant smell the bleach, then fill tank and add 10-12 times the normal amount of dechloranator.
I did the above and one time it seamed to work good but then another time I couldnt compleatly rid the tank of the smell. The tanks I have are acrylic...I think. The bowed 2.5 gal kind of tanks. Also the heater suction cups and thermometer cups are rubber or silicone?

So is this good advice or is there a better way?
Thanks for your help!
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:57 AM   #2 
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It is good advice. Some of us prefer to use vineger instead of bleach. It's a natural cleaner for those of us that don't trust chemicals. Either way, rinsing well, letting dry, then rinsing again is the key. I buy a lot of aquariums at thrift stores and this is the way I get them ready!
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:22 PM   #3 
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Hi, if I can jump in and ask a related question.... Would you use straight vinegar or dilute it? Or does it matter? I'm so paranoid about chemicals. Thanks.
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dilute about 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:50 PM   #5 
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I use straight up white vinegar
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:22 PM   #6 
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Thanks. Maybe I'll dilute a bit. I'm getting a used 60 gal this weekend whoohoo!
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:24 PM   #7 
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would this also work for plastic/acrylic tanks? I'd like to sterilize a tank one of my bettas is using to see if I can kill off this fuzz issue
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Fuzz issue?

It works for any tank.
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