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Old 12-08-2011, 10:52 AM   #1 
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Need to know how to clean a tank.

Hi all I got this tank from my brother...Its a 55g and he was using it as a bait tank and all his bait died. I was wondering what the best way to clean this tank is. Ive boiled water and washed out the inside but i dont think that will be enough if it was some kind of infection that killed them.
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:32 AM   #2 
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Vinegar and hot water, scrubbed down with a rag. All rocks and ornaments can also be rinsed or just tossed. Rinse very well, with warm then luke warm water, let tap water sit in it for a while too if you please.

Or, the bleach and water mix which I have zero experience with. good luck!
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Old 12-08-2011, 12:32 PM   #3 
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I would say stay away from bleach just because if you miss a small trace of it it can be all bad. I would have water mixed with vinger or something like that sit for a while. Then empty it and refill it. Usually try and stay away from soap too.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:05 PM   #4 
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Baking soda is also good. When made into a paste it can be excellent for cleaning off hard water stains. The key to cleaning fish tanks is to make sure you rinse very very well.

Also congrats on getting a 55 gal for free. I have one. They are a big step up from the normal betta setup but can be very rewarding to fill.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:45 PM   #5 
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i'm in the same situation, lol, i cleaned out my free 30g with bleech and hot water. after i cleaned it i rinsed it with hot water until i could no longer smell bleech and rinsed it for another 10 minutes just to be safe
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:23 PM   #6 
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Yeah my brother just gave it to me. I cant wait to get it cycled and stocked. Atm I have 2 10g one is divided and the other is a mini community with 4 cories. Also i have a 5g which has a betta and an adf....when i got these two they were already in this tank and will be upgraded to one of the tens when the 55 is set up. I think its gonna be a pain to get it setup where i want it my room is so small and already brimming with furniture.


I'm hesitant about trying the bleach and water because knowing me I would screw something up. The baking soda sounds interesting but i think im going to go with the vinigear. Should the water be boiling or just hot? All the rocks and ornaments were tossed.
Edit: Also how much vinigear should I use?
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:32 PM   #7 
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I've got my 55 in my room, too. Really commands attention. It's the largest thing in there aside from my bed.

I forgot to take into the account the amount of baking soda that would be needed to scrub down a 55. Even the amount of vinegar would be staggering. To clean with vinegar you want to make a mixture of 1/2 white vinegar (not the red stuff used in cooking) and 1/2 hot water. Whether you want to fill up your tank with that (really not recommended) or put the mixture in a bucket and use your hands to clean the sides is up to you.

Another hint: how long has it been since the tank held water? With something that large I would want to take it outside and make sure it holds water before I put it in my room. I will do that test on any tank that I have let sit idle for a time. Better to be safe than sorry!
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:38 PM   #8 
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Its only been about 3 months since its had water in it so I know it holds it...actually we rinsed it with boiling water about 3 weeks ago. Wow seems like itll be some work to clean this thing out. Do you know about any other methods besides the baking soda/vinegar/bleach.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:01 PM   #9 
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I often use algae scrapers to scrub scum off the walls. Paper towels work great for wiping loose scum off. It took me about 4 hours to make sure my 10 gal was clean for my newest bettas. You might want to break up your task to a few days. Best of luck. Can't wait to see pictures!
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Thanks for the kind wishes. It'll probably be a while before i have this particular tank up and running, but ill be happy to share when it is.
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