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Old 02-03-2009, 10:39 PM   #1
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Cleaning the tank

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I would like to find out what is the best way to clean the fish tank. I just acquired a 110 gallon tank from a friend and in it's current condition, it's pretty dirty. The glass has a lot of algae and etc on it and I want to get it cleaned up and setup for it's new life of being a saltwater tank (which the previous owner had it as a freshwater tank). I tried to clean it up using regular water and a scrub brush but it's not strong enough to really clean it up. As you can tell i'm a newbie so i'll be posting a lot more questions as I go on in setting up my saltwater tank.

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Old 02-03-2009, 10:42 PM   #2
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Use a new sponge with no soaps on it, some vinegar and some elbow grease.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:13 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice.. i'll try that!
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:43 PM   #4
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Since I told my wife that vinegar was mentioned as a way of cleaning the tank. She asked if it's possible to use baking soda? Does anyone know?
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:40 AM   #5
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Baking soda won't hurt anything, but vinegar works best because it's acidic. I just got done (literally) cleaning some filter parts that'd been soaking in a 1:1 vinegar/water solution for a couple weeks. The coralline algae (the hard purple stuff) just floated off the stuff.

A glass scraper or razor blade will clean the glass easily, just be careful around the silicone. And as onitweak mentioned, stay away from any soap. You could use a bleach solution (1:5 bleach to water), but make sure to rinse it with plenty of water afterwards and let it air out for a week or so. And use rubber gloves!
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IMO baking soda will scratch Plexi Glass.

I use a ball of clean filter floss to scrub a plexi tank.

If it's a glass tank then a straight edge razor blade carefully used will scrape off the worst crust then a new green dish scrubbing sponge.

Either way a good soak would be my first step. Then elbow grease applied liberally.
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:07 AM   #7
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oh ok.. i have a 110 gallon tank which is mostly glass but i'll stay away from using baking soda. I'll be cleaning the tank this weekend. Can't wait to get it ready so i can start my saltwater tank.
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Both ways are good. I always use the bleach/water way. The key mentioned above is to make sure it completely air dry.
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Same, bleach and water. For difficult deposits I use muriatic acid (be careful with this agent).
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Old 02-08-2009, 01:17 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone!

The vinegar worked! I cleaned the tank today and it looks really good. Tomorrow i'll get some spray paint to paint the back of the tank.
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