I figure that I'm moving is a good chance to clean the whole shabang. I think I had read somewhere that baking the gravel is a way to kill any bacteria on them; is a hot water rinse good enough for the fake plants and other accessories?
Starting over completely?
Honestly, I believe bleach is the best way to kill all the bacteria. It probably sounds scary, but just let everything air dry in the sun a bit. Bleach is one of the few (or only..) cleaning products that evaporate completely into the air and leave no residue behind.
Vinegar should do a good job, just more rinsing is needed. Unless you've had some horrible diesease in the tank (meaning fish TB) you'll be fine. I wouldn't want to be in the car with air drying bleach either. Posted via Mobile Device
I have always used bleach as well but most folks here are very much against the bleach method. The vinegar method is more recommended and I'd just do that if you were concerned. The decor can be cleaned by really hot water and I usually boil the gravel.