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Old 09-01-2011, 11:12 AM   #1 
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used tank, plants, rocks?

my dad just got a tank for $8.00 at St. Vincent De Paul (kind of like Value Village) and it came with a bubbler, rocks, a plant and a light! i'm going to soak everything in hot water, but will it be safe? i'm mostly worried about the little rocks, because you can't really individually clean them like with the plants...
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:30 AM   #2 
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Awesome...what size tank and is it glass or acrylic......I always do the 24 hour leak test especially with glass tanks.....one wrong twist can break a seal and sitting dry can cause the seals to crack....I toss the gravel-or I should say I use it to top off my potted plants or use in the garden-when I set it up for the 24h leak test I add bleach-depending on the tank size...I use a cap to cups and if it had a filter-I hook that up and let it run some bleach water through it.....if it has lots of mineral deposits.....once I complete the 24h leak test and I rinse it really good-I will use vinegar for the mineral deposits.....rinse really good again and on the finial fill for setup I use a little extra dechlorinator........
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:33 AM   #3 
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um no i think it's plastic, and i have no filter
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:34 AM   #4 
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i have these big plastic shells but should i just throw out the pebbles? it looks like it's never been used...
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Usually-when everything has dried for at least 48h...nearly everything is dead that can cause problems for fish....
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:43 AM   #6 
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so if i just rinse it it'll be fine?
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:06 PM   #7 
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any answers?
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:11 PM   #8 
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I soak my stuff in a super does of AQ salt which makes me feel comfortable putting fish in
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:15 PM   #9 
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If you're not sure if it's been used, fo rme, being paranoid, i used boiling water to rinse them off, so if you a a tea kettle you can boil up some water and put the stones in strainer or seive and run the water over them kind of mixing the stones by doing a little toss motion to the sieve/strainer. Then laying them out some to cool. Like i said, I'm paranoid. ^_^
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Yay paranoia!
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