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Old 01-22-2010, 04:24 PM   #1 
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thoroughly clean a tank?

I received a very dirty 5.5 gallon tank for free. How can I clean this thoroughly for fish, but without harming them with chemicals?

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Old 01-22-2010, 04:33 PM   #2 
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if it's water marks i know you dont want to use chemicals but clr dose the trick just make sure you clean it out really really well befor you deem it fish ready
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:34 PM   #3 
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it's not just water marks... it's gunk also. What is CLR?
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Old 01-22-2010, 05:02 PM   #4 
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it's a multipurpose cleaner works on calcium lime and rust build up it's a really big name here in CA works great i'll keep an eye out to see if their any special fishtank cleansers though

http://www.shopclr.com/CLR-Cleaners-...FR4Wawod1CBA0w

i found something but don't know if it works

http://www.ehow.com/how_2248130_get-...sits-fish.html

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Old 01-22-2010, 09:31 PM   #5 
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I would use vinegar and hot water.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:34 PM   #6 
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DON'T DO CHEMICALS!!!!!!! Its bad news no matter how many times you rinse.. strong chemicals (like CLR) will get into the caulk of the tank then leech back into the water. A diluted vinegar and lemon juice solution is great. In fact you can take half of a lemon and put salt on the cut side and use it to scrub the inside. Rinse 3 or 4 times (letting it dry in between) and you will have a really clean.. safe... tank.
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:55 AM   #7 
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Don't use CLR! I wouldn't risk it with your fish, that's quite risky.

Hot water and vinegar is much safer, and it works like a charm! I soak the tank in hot water, put some vinegar on a paper towel, and scrub. :)
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:30 PM   #8 
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Elbow grease will not kill your fish ... use lots of it, and vinegar.
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Old 01-23-2010, 01:13 PM   #9 
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To clean a tank, what I do is use vinegar and hot water and scrub it with a sponge and rinse it out. Then I used a bit of baking soda in hot water and scrubbed it again :) and my tank was crystal clean. I made sure to rinse it thoroughly so that there wasn't any residue. Natural cleaning products ftw!
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:35 PM   #10 
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If it's a glass tank, those Magic Erasers are great for water spots, and they're chemical free. I used one of the tanks I got from my brother cause they had lots of water marks. Aside from that, vinegar and water should do fine.
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