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Old 07-30-2012, 02:17 PM   #1 
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When will the tank be safe?

The guy I bought the 5 and 2.5 tanks from was the 2nd owner. He'd never used them. He wanted another tank much larger that the original owner wd only sell in a lot.

There were reptiles in both the tanks.

Yesterday's cleaning didn't eliminate the musk smell from the 2.5 so today I papertowel scrubed it with vinegar, let it sun dry, washed it with Dawn(my neighbor gave me some -- we use Ivory at our house-- rinsed it 6 times, washed it with 10% Clorox, rinsed it 6 times and used decholorinator on it for two of those times.

It's now air drying.

Now feel paranoid that an herbicide from the lawn might have contaminated the tanks while they were sun drying.

Geez, brain, chill the eff out!

Just going to wash and rinse them again to be sure.
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Old 07-30-2012, 02:51 PM   #2 
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What type of reptiles were in those tanks?

For smells like what you described, I think you need to soak it for a while.

Just scrubbing it isn't going to do anything. Those odors are embedded into the silicone I would imagine because glass isn't porous unless it's severely scratched up or damaged by chemicals like acids.

I just fed some of my bettas some fruit flies with a little bit of dish soap. They seem fine.
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:38 PM   #3 
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After the Dawn cleaning and rinsing no more smell!

I just bleached to be sure.

Will sniff again tomorrow.
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