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Old 01-21-2011, 11:27 AM   #1 
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Used fish tank cleaning?

I found a used fish tank at a yardsale, it was 1 dollar. (woot!)
It is a 2 gallon acrylic/plastic tank, and I was curious what the best way to clean it is, it obviously had something in it before.The tank looks like it may have been sitting around in a garage for quite some time.What would be the best way to sanitize this tank?
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:50 PM   #2 
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Of course, no soap!
Ive never eard good thing about using chemicals, etc, so I guess, until someone corrects me, I'd BOIL (yes, boil!) some water, let it cool just slightly, and rinse the tank with it. Then, with SCALDING (but not boiling..) water, I'd leave the whole tank full with something over top to keep the heat in for a few hours, or til the water cools. Then rinse and scrub with a paper towel or brand new, unscneted sponge.
Then repeat a million times lol XD Over the course of a few days, it should be good.. Filling it up will also check for leaks.
If its really scuzzy, though...Maybe do it longer and harder.. ^^;;;
Great find btw :B
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:12 PM   #3 
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I use diluted bleach with tepid water 20:1 more or less...rinse well and use a little extra dechlorinater with the finial fill....if it has any discolored walls or mineral deposits...after I clean with diluted bleach and rinse well I will use vinegar to get the dicolorness and mineral deposite.....
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