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Old 01-14-2010, 08:43 PM   #1 
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Cleaning tanks

I just found 2 tanks in my closet! Woo! Sadly, they are a 2gal hex(tall looking, Ill measure later), and a 1gal corner tank. But, anyway! They've been in use for a loooong time before stuffed into my closet, still usable thou. The last time I had fish in the was about 2years ago, with only male guppies. The reason I stoped using them was because I came home one day and found all my gup's surrounded with this slimey stuff. Did a full water change, figured it was just dirty, put conditioner in and then the fish. Nest day, same thing, only worse. So it went on for about a week, I did the same thing every day. One day I came home and they were all dead, suffocated I guess in the slime, the entire 2 gal hex was like that. I had females in the 1 gal, and they died b/c I forgot water conditioner(opps). Anyway, I had teh under-gravel fileters on both of them, with bubbles. Is they're anyway to clean these tanks so I can use them temporarily for a betta(or 2), I onnly have glass stones in the bottom of the hex(they were in the corner tank, I JUST moved them). I'd like to scower these tanks as much as possible and then try to put something in them, I just dont want a guppy re-peat. So, does anyone have any tips? Instructions? Thanks!
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:58 PM   #2 
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Just wash it under hot water with a bit of vinegar, and scrub vigorously.
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:00 PM   #3 
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Dilute some vinegar (or use it straight) and wash them out well with a soft cloth that won't scratch the glass/acrylic. Make sure you rinse them out THOROUGHLY to get all the vinegar out. Its probably best to rinse any and all gravel, rocks, decorations, etc with the vinegar too just to make sure everything is really clean.

I wouldn't use the undergravel filter.. everything I've read says they're crap... just keep up with your water changes. Remember a 1 gallon has to get 100% changes every other day so if your not up to that maybe just stick with one betta in the 2 gal (which would need water changes 2-3 times a week)
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:01 PM   #4 
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Alright! So do you that will make all the icky stuff that was in there go away?

Thanks Jupiter! Thanks 1fish2fish!
I'm gonna go go that now!

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Old 01-14-2010, 09:12 PM   #5 
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It should make it all go away but you might want to clean it with the vinegar twice to be sure.. up to you though
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:17 PM   #6 
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alright! thank you!
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