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Old 04-27-2010, 03:46 PM   #1 
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Question Need to sterilize tank - does this sound OK?

OK - since Fins had ICH & some sort of fungus/white stuff (probably columnaris) I've decided to take everything out & sterilize it (not just let the tank sit for a few weeks which is what I had originally considered).

I couldn't stand it if I got a new fish & he got sick because I didn't properly clean the tank!!

It's a 6 gal eclipse with a flourite base & about 7 plants.

The plants I'll dip in potassium permangante (used bleach when I bought them but I still think that's where the ICH came from) for about 15 minutes & then rinse really well (regular tap water & then dechlor water or just dechlor water?)

For the gravel I figure I'd bleach (20:1?) & rinse the heck out of it.

For the filter I thought I'd dip that in chlorine water. The biowheel also.

And let the tank sit w/ some chlorine water - then rinse the heck out of it.

Fortunately it's supposed to be nice this weekend so I should be able to do this outside. I wonder what potassium permanganate does to grass??

Anything else???

I'm so not looking forward to this but I want to do this right.

It will allow me to do a bit of re-scaping so that's a plus!
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