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Old 05-02-2011, 10:41 AM   #1 
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sanitizing question?

what is the best way to sanitize without bleach?

i currently use a 5% bleach solution to sanitize my betta's tank & accessories...

but, i hate it, it makes me so nervous, even when i rinse a thousand times.

so i'd like to try a non bleach method if there is one out there.

any suggestions?

also, do i have to sanitize after every water change or no?

thank you!
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:50 AM   #2 
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Hot, boiling water is the only thing that comes to my mind, anything else is bound to have chemicals of some type I would think. Maybe vinegar with the same treatment of extra rinsing? Someone with more betta experience than I will have to review that idea.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:18 AM   #3 
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I don't think you're supposed to sanitize stuff unless your fish had something contagious you're trying to keep from spreading to other fish. it'll kill off any beneficial bacteria
I've used a high concentration of salt and hot water, then letting it dry in the sun
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:26 AM   #4 
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thanks to both of you. ^_^

i usually only sanitize with the bleach if my fishie is sick, but i thought somewhere here i had read otherwise...just wanted to make sure. :)

so for vinegar, do you know what the concentration of that would be?

oh, and what about sanitizing the net?
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I'm not sure of the concentration for that of vinegar to water. I'm betting there are websites for cheap household cleaner recipes or Hints from Heloise that would have a 'recipe' for a basic vinegar cleaner. It will still require extensive rinsing with the hot water just to make sure it's ok for betta babies.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:39 AM   #6 
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I like to use a 1:20 dilution of bleach. Nothing else will kill the baddies if your fish was sick... As for normal healthy fish, I just use the hottest water out of my tap.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:51 AM   #7 
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"Are you sure this waters sanitary? It looks questionable to me!!"


Ya don't want you bettas thinking that!

Sorry, I really wanted to say that...haah
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:27 AM   #8 
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If you leave stuff you just washed with bleach on direct sun for few hours, it should be perfectly safe. Just rinse it once more before you use it.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:03 AM   #9 
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thanks for your suggestions everyone...ugh, bleach just seems so scary. i'll try to trust the rinsing and the sunshine. ><
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thanks for your suggestions everyone...ugh, bleach just seems so scary. i'll try to trust the rinsing and the sunshine. ><
I'm with you - I'm too afraid to use bleach and never have. What I do when I want to sanitize a tank is fill it with straight hot water from the tap (don't treat it), add 2 tsps. of canning salt per gallon and let it sit for 24 hours. I then drain it and let it sit dry for another 24 (or more) hours. I have never had any problems with this method.
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