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Old 02-19-2013, 06:25 PM   #1 
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How to clean a tank after a fish has died?

My betta fish died this morning due to unknown reasons :( Sadly, it was the hardest thing to do to let him go and I cried for who knows how long. Anyways, I plan on getting a new betta fish very soon to save from the pet shop horrors and I am wondering on how I should clean my tank. Do I have to throw away the gravel? I've heard that some people do. I don't have any other gravel so I don't think that's an option. For filter cleaning, should I soak it in diluted bleach? And what about my fake plants?

Any help will be greatly appreciated :)
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:29 PM   #2 
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as long as it wast fungus or anything just do a water change test the water and then call it good. you shouldn't have much of an issue.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:51 PM   #3 
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Sorry to hear about your fish. :(
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:54 PM   #4 
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sorry about your loss

Just thoroughly wash the gravel in hot water. I would either bleach the tank or take dawn soap and wash the tank once or twice with both sides of a dish sponge. I only suggest washing the tank because of the factor you don't know what killed your fishy buddy. for the plants i would also just wash them with hot water and soap/sponge :)
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sorry about your loss

Just thoroughly wash the gravel in hot water. I would either bleach the tank or take dawn soap and wash the tank once or twice with both sides of a dish sponge. I only suggest washing the tank because of the factor you don't know what killed your fishy buddy. for the plants i would also just wash them with hot water and soap/sponge :)
Don't use bleach or soap. Just hot water, boil it if you need to.
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I've seen a bunch of people use bleach and how is he going to boil a tank?
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I've seen a bunch of people use bleach and how is he going to boil a tank?
I'm not talking about the tank. The Rocks and decor.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:05 PM   #8 
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oh lol ok i was wandering for a moment there :)
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Use boiling water. There's too much of a risk of soap or bleach remaining. If you don't mind waiting a few days, wash and dry everything, then sit it by a window where it will get direct sunlight and let UV sterilize it.
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I wash it with dawn soap twice, then i set it in the sun to dry, then i re-scrub the inside with a sponge/no soap.
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