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Old 11-11-2003, 05:40 PM   #1
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just got a tank that died

i just got a 55 gallon salt tank
that died 3 years ago (fish coral)
it still had all the coral and substrate in it
no water
should i throw everything out and start over
or can i use some of the old coral as base
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Old 11-11-2003, 07:25 PM   #2
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what do you mean by fish coral? was there dead fish left in tehre also?
i would just get rid of the substrate if thats the case and clean off the dead corals and use them as base rock
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Old 11-12-2003, 01:44 AM   #3
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it was just substrate and coral
in no water
they took out all dead fish 3 years ago but
never cleaned out the tank
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Old 11-12-2003, 03:59 AM   #4
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My opinion is that nothing good (if anything) grows in that substrate. I would take out the coral and take a scrub brush to it, but I wouldn't use chemicals. Then I would let it soak in the water for about a day, and re-rinse.
That is just what I would do personally.
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IMO, Throw it all in the trash, clean tank and start fresh. What your trashing is cheap, so to save a little $ might cost you big in the future. 8)
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Old 11-12-2003, 05:15 AM   #6
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Throw it all in the trash, clean tank and start fresh
I Agree.. Better safe than sorry.. You never know what if any chemicals were previously used in the tank ie; Copper.. Toss everything except the tank and clean the tank with bleach water.. Make sure you rinse real well and If it were my tank I would fill it and add some sort of chlorine remover as well and let it sit for a day or 2 then drain it and rinse a few more times and then I would start setting it up... But thats just me...

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i cleaned out the tank
im not going to use any of the old stuff
now i just have to figure out what kind of filter i want to use
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glad we were all able to help, good luck on setting up your new tank!
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