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Old 02-04-2011, 06:56 PM   #1 
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To Sterilize a Fresh Water Tank

Ran across this note to myself from years ago (LOL) and thought I would share since so many ask how to sterilize a tank. I got the information from the one and only LFS I deal with. In all the years of dealing with them, they have never steered me wrong.

It is as easy as this - 1/2 cup of canning salt to a gal. of water. Run for 24 hours. You can us this on your gravel, decorations, nets, filter, etc. - not live plants, of course. They told me that any and all freshwater critters can't survive this treatment.

Once the 24 hours is up rinse everything extremely well - maybe a couple good rinses?

Hope this helps some of you that are looking for a safe alternative to using bleach to disinfect.
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:49 PM   #2 
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Thanks :) i was just wondering this a couple days ago.
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:51 PM   #3 
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And just think - if there IS a small amount of the canning salt left in the tank it doesn't hurt anything. Unlike bleach.
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:51 AM   #4 
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id assume that is correct because canning salt has the same properties as aquarium salt(anti caking). I have also seen cleaning it with vinegar...
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:07 PM   #5 
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Nice info, thanks.

Dumb question; what is canning salt? Do you know the scientific name for it? I usually use Kalium Permanganate (sorry about spelling) which is very difficult to clean off.
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:27 PM   #6 
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I have no idea what the stuff you are using is- LOL - but canning salt is just plain salt without any anti-caking agents or other additives. You purchase it at your grocery store (comes in an approx. 4 lb. box) and it is WAY less expensive than aquarium salt, but is used in the same way and same dosage as AQ.
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:23 PM   #7 
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Thanks for the info. Pure salt? I don't think it's sold here. But I'll check it out anyway.

Kalium Permanganate is sold in drugs store for sterilizing wounds (in my area). It definitely kills bacteria but very hard too clean off after wards. I wouldn't suggest it if you have other alternatives.
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OUCH! D: SALT for sterilizing wounds? MAN that's gotta hurt! D': Buuuuuuh!!! *shivers*

Thanks for the canning salt info Lion Mom! <3 I'll definitely try it out! =]
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:19 PM   #9 
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OUCH! D: SALT for sterilizing wounds? MAN that's gotta hurt! D': Buuuuuuh!!! *shivers*

Thanks for the canning salt info Lion Mom! <3 I'll definitely try it out! =]

You're welcome. I KNOW it works 'cuz I had to use it once early on in my fishkeeping career.

I took in an angel fish from somebody & didn't know about QT'ing (dummy me) and it turned out she had those red worms than hang out of the anus (can't remember the name of the parasite). Lost my whole tank.

BUT - used this method to sterilize the tank - filters, gravel & all - and never had another problem with it!
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