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Old 07-18-2011, 09:05 PM   #1 
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Unhappy sterilizing my 2.5 gallon =/

Vincent has taken a turn for the worst, and this time he's not going to get better. His organs are failing =/. Right now I have him in a bowl that's probably about 1/4 of a gallon, and its not even halfway full because he can't reach the surface for air. He won't be able to return to his 2.5 gallon, so I'm wanting to sterilize it for the next betta that will call it home. I'd like to use the vinegar solution to clean it since I'm a little wary of using bleach... but its going to be a very hot/sunny week so i'll be able to let it sit and bake in the sun for several hours after i wash it.
So basically, i just need to know:

How much vinegar should I use to clean the tank??
And can you clean sea shells with vinegar, or am i just going to have to throw them away???
(btw Vincent doesn't have any terrible contagious diseases that i know of, he's dying of a tumor)
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:41 AM   #2 
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Also, how many days should i let the tank sit dry before adding another betta???
I'm not anxious to replace Vincent. No other fish could replace him. He's my favorite betta and I love him very much. But seeing the tank sit empty is just too depressing for me =/
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Old 07-19-2011, 02:52 AM   #3 
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I'm sorry, I don't have any answers for you, but did want to pass along my sympathies :(
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:11 AM   #4 
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If you're concerned, using straight vinegar is perfectly acceptable. Just rinse, rinse, rinse with hot water until you can't smell it anymore. 1/4 vinegar to 3/4 water works well, too, and is a lot easier to rinse out. If you use that, and some SUPER hot scalding water, it'll clean it right out.

I let mine sit out in the sun for a couple days. 2-3 days is usually a good number, but if it isn't very hot out, just wait about a week for it to fully dry out, then wash it out again. When washing it out, just use super hot water and scrub it out well.

Sorry about your boy, it's always heart breaking...
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