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Old 04-23-2011, 08:50 PM   #1 
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Question Wash & Scrub

How can I wash a piece of aquarium decor that has been in a crab tank so it's safe to put in my tropical tank? (I got it in a garage sale) I would like some info on how to kill any bacteria etc on the piece. Bleach, boiling water...what should I use and how? Thx in advance!
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I use hot water and peroxide to clean alot of my decor. I usually use about 3 to 6 cap fulls of peroxide in 5 gallons of hot water. I clean all my decor in a 5 gallon bucket. But I also rinse again with hot water. Also peroxide is a great way to get rid of algea.
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Are you talking about hydrogen peroxide? And I have a 2 gal bucket, only. Thx in advance.
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Yes Hydrogen peroxide. You can buy it anywhere in first aide sections. Then try using only 1 to 3 cap fulls in a bucket.

I usually have major algae growth on my light covers in my tank and I take a clothe with peroxide and hot water and wipe them off and the algae stays off few months. When before it grew back every day.

I haven't had any problems with harming the fish. Just make sure to rinse just in case.
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So I should fill my 2gal bucket with hot h2o, then put 2 capfuls of H. Peroxide, soak the ornament in it for how long? Then after X amount of minutes, rinse thoroughly with how water and let air dry?
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Yes that sounds good to me. I would let soak for a good 5 to 10 mins. Then scrub with a tooth brush or other form of clean brush you can use. Then rinse with hot water and air dry.

Some people do use bleach, well some I know but bleach is really scary for me. Scared of over doing it and killing all the fish.
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This should kill all (if any) of the bad bacteria in the ornament? PS, this ornament is rather porous...
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It should work.
You can wait to see if someone else post here to help you.
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I used your idea! I soaked the item in the hot water w/ one and a half capfuls of h. Peroxide. The I scrubbed it and now it's air drying. (indoors) will I be safe to put in my tank by 10:00 am? Thx in advance
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As long as you rinsed it off good you should be fine.
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