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Old 06-12-2010, 10:07 PM   #1 
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Question Disinfecting a used tank?

I got a used tank off of Craigslist and I want to disinfect it before I get it set up and running. I know that fish are really, really sensitive to toxins, so how do I clean it without harming them?
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Old 06-12-2010, 10:38 PM   #2 
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I use a 5-10% bleach solution and a new sponge that has never had soap on it. I scrub the entire tank down using the bleach solution, then I rinse the tank thoroughly, several times.
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Old 06-12-2010, 11:39 PM   #4 
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Yup. Bleach solution, rinse it out a million times and then rinse it with conditioned water that removes chlorine to be extra safe.

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You should also let it dry out in the sun becuase the UV breaks down all the nasties in the bleach :)
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**But that doesnt mean any less rinsing!!!
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I would also do a leak test, fill with water and let it set for at least 24 hours, outside if you can. Even if you are told it did not leak- a simple twist can break a seal or if it sat for a while dry- the seals can dry and crack.
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I would also do a leak test, fill with water and let it set for at least 24 hours, outside if you can. Even if you are told it did not leak- a simple twist can break a seal or if it sat for a while dry- the seals can dry and crack.
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