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Old 07-19-2011, 03:29 AM   #1 
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I have a orb tank

I got a second hand bioorb 8 gallon tank with and cleaned it with windex and dish soap to sterilize it. I have 2 questions. My fish died not long after I put him in it, so I am not sure if it was stress or previous sickness or if it was the cleaners. How do i clean the tank again to remove all cleaners to use it with next fish? Also is the bubble filtration a good idea or is this bad for bettas?
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:45 AM   #2 
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I think that the windex probably did your fish in. What most people suggest is vinegar I think. I am sure someone with more experience will be able to assist you further.
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:50 AM   #3 
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Yup, people use vinigar to clean tanks. Ive never tried it myself though.

I would think scrubbing the tank with hot water would remove the soap and windex left behind??
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:23 PM   #4 
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NEVER use soap or cleaning products in a tank! The chemical residue is invisible to the eye and can poison any aquatic creature that live in it after cleansing. Do what TikiBirds said, with hot water. I would recommend filling the tank with very hot water to sterilize, let it sit until it cools, then empty. Repeat a few times and dry with a paper towel or something that doesn't leave residue. If it smells like soap or windex still then it probably has some left behind.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:25 PM   #5 
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Thank you for the input. I won't be getting another betta until I can find one from a reputable breeder as well instead of walmart.
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Old 07-19-2011, 08:44 PM   #6 
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I think, if at all possible, that the tank should be returned... Soap and cleaners stay in the porous walls of acrylic (and glass).

Use white vinegar and rinse dang near every day for at least a few weeks. Using hot water will do nearly nothing, especially if only a few times.

Paper towels will permanently scratch acrylic tanks, never use them on your tank if it is.
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