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Old 02-25-2013, 11:37 AM   #1
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I just got some used tanks that had some extremely stinky sand in them. Do I use bleach to clean them or vinegar and water? If I use bleach will Prime take care of any residual amount that may be left after a thorough rinsing? I also have that API aquarium cleaner spray and have used that in the past but these tanks are diritier than I am used to.


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Old 02-25-2013, 11:41 AM   #2
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I just got some used tanks that had some extremely stinky sand in them. Do I use bleach to clean them or vinegar and water? If I use bleach will Prime take care of any residual amount that may be left after a thorough rinsing? I also have that API aquarium cleaner spray and have used that in the past but these tanks are diritier than I am used to.

IMHO I'd stay away from bleach. Vinegar and water solution should work fine. I wouldn't wanna chance it. Just my opinion.
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IMHO I'd stay away from bleach. Vinegar and water solution should work fine. I wouldn't wanna chance it. Just my opinion.
I've used bleach in the past to clean every single ornament filter heater and tank. As long as you rinse it properly after and let it dry you should be fine. Don't use too much though.
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I just got some used tanks that had some extremely stinky sand in them. Do I use bleach to clean them or vinegar and water? If I use bleach will Prime take care of any residual amount that may be left after a thorough rinsing? I also have that API aquarium cleaner spray and have used that in the past but these tanks are diritier than I am used to.


Cleaned mine up pretty easily with a Vinegar and water solution!! Good Luck!
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Oh god no. If the sand is stinky it most likely means it has bacteria in it which is good, because you'll skip the nitrogen cycle. Id say if the sand isnt dirty and looks nice your not going to smell it under 2 feet of water, leave well enough alone.
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I'm assuming you want to clean the tanks and not the sand...

I've always used bleach. One part bleach to nineteen parts water: 1:19. Then use water alone. Then use water and Prime. Then air dry in the sun for a couple of days. In the course of cleaning, leak test the tank.

If the tank is not a second-hand tank and you know its history, vinegar is fine.

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I've used bleach in the past to clean every single ornament filter heater and tank. As long as you rinse it properly after and let it dry you should be fine. Don't use too much though.
That's cool. Glad it worked out

Just saying I wouldn't do it.
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The tanks are from a good friend. We already dumped the sand because it stunk so bad. He did have plants in there that died and decayed and it was in the same room with stinky snakes and feeder rodents, so I think the sand absorbed the odors. I'm just concerned about cleaning the tanks themselves. They only ever held fish and not the snakes or rodents so no worries about contamination.
As a side note, these tanks are going to be used to house my Thai Bettas for beeding so I want a bare bottom.

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I've used bleach before - when I picked up an old tank, a diluted bleach solution was THE only thing that could get off the water spots. Vinegar just wasn't doing it....The key is to rinse rinse rinse rinse rinse after you're done. If you're think you're done rinsing, rinse some more you want to get all the bleach you possibly can off of it! To rinse my tank off, I brought it outside and took a garden sprayer to it for a good long time.
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Oh god no. If the sand is stinky it most likely means it has bacteria in it which is good, because you'll skip the nitrogen cycle. Id say if the sand isnt dirty and looks nice your not going to smell it under 2 feet of water, leave well enough alone.
You also have to consider the possibility of bad parasites and such in the sand.
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