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Old 08-18-2011, 11:33 AM   #1 
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Is there any kind of detergent I can use on my fish tank? I just put in a new plexiglass divider and was wondering what I could use to rinse/wash the tank out before I put the fish in. I read somewhere to use a 10% bleach solution.

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Old 08-18-2011, 11:44 AM   #2 
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You should use and soap or detergent. Use the 10% bleach solution in a spray bottle, sprits the entire interior and exterior surface and let sit 10 minutes, then rinse and let air dry. I wouldn't do that until the sealant you used cures though.
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:20 PM   #3 
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I don't use any chemicals. I simply wait for the sealant to fully cure (I wait between 3 - 7 days) then I fill the tank and let it sit for a week. Rinse, scrub a bit, and refill for use. ..... But that's just me. I hate chemicals in my tanks.

I hope you're not planning on keeping males on each side..... they could clearly see each other and might hurt themselves trying to bite the other.
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Old 08-18-2011, 01:43 PM   #4 
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Soaps aren't safe for fish so I doubt you will find any type of detergent that loathers or makes suds to clean fish tanks. I did start using a chemical spray called API Safe & Easy Aquarium Cleaner recently. I just spray it on, wait 10 minutes, and then rinse like crazy until I can't smell anything. Not that it smells bad, it just has a natural ordor. If you already own bleach, then just make your own spray for free. Since I don't own any bleach, I figured I would give the spray a try and liked the results. I haven't had any problems with the API cleaner, so it's safe enough for me to recommend.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:51 PM   #5 
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My LFS owner, who I trust completely on fish care as he's gotten me through a couple emergencies and runs an independent pet store not a for-profit chain, told me never to use anything but water and some salt if you need something to scrub. When i've had to clean my tanks out completely, I've used a brand new teflon-safe dish scrubber and some salt water, and that way you can still get a really good clean and there is nothing to worry about in terms of chemicals getting left in the tank somehow.
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