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Old 01-11-2010, 05:44 PM   #1 
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safe to clean with windex?

i have a completely empty 60 gallin tank that i eventually want to make a fish tank again. it is a little dirty and i want to use windex on it to clean it. is that okay or will it harm the fish that will eventually live there? if it is not okay to use windex how should i clean it?
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:56 PM   #2 
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I would wash it with vinegar and hot water. Just make sure to rinse REALLY good.
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:44 PM   #3 
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I agree with DQ.. try not to use any chemicals. I would first scrub it with just a scrubber and hot water and if that doesnt work try diluting some vinegar and cleaning it again.. rinse it THOROUGHLY and make sure it is fully dry before restocking it
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:35 PM   #4 
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You could try using this:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2753998
It also comes in wipes. I know the reviews are harsh, but I've had no problems with it, it works great for me.
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:07 PM   #5 
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Don't use chemicals or soap. It can be quite risky for your fish, no matter how much you rinse it.

Hot water and vinegar works like a charm!
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:05 PM   #6 
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DO NOT USE WINDEX. My 45 gal. would not cycle - ammonia was off the charts (in the unreadable range) after 4 weeks of waiting (fishless cycle) and 20 visits to the local fish store to test the water.

THEN, my bf casually mentioned that "I can't believe the ammonia is this high - I washed the tank inside and out with Windex"

Grrrrrr!!

Of course he had no idea. He bought it used on CL as a surprise gift and "washed" it out with all the gravel left in there too. So I had to break down the whole thing, clean it all out including the gravel with vinegar and boiling hot water and rinsed it like 100 times before I was ready to try the cycle again.

I def. learned the hard way even tho. I had nothing to do with it initially LOL.
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:21 PM   #7 
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I'm glad you shared that info with us Romad, so we'll know not to use Windex.
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