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Old 07-06-2011, 01:07 AM   #11
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Okay so I can't find much googling.. how do you guys make sure the bleach is gone?
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:20 AM   #12
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Using RO/DI water I heard that you rinse and rinse and rinse til you no longer can smell even a hint of it.
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:34 AM   #13
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OK, I figure I'll just rinse really well with tap water. Then repeat a few (hundred) times because of my insecurity.

Then fill up the tank with tap water, put some Prime in, let the hob filter/heater/powerhead - whole system - run for a day or so like this.

Then rinse really well again.

Then let air dry.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:59 AM   #14
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Yeah that sounds like a good plan, AFAIK Prime is a dechlorinator is it not, that would remove any left over stuff anyway.

Just fill it with tap water and overdose the Prime.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:13 AM   #15
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Sounds good to me. RO/DI takes forever to make. But I thought it may help better. But just using tap water to clean it would be cheaper on the water bill lol. Do you have RO/DI. When done with the cleaning, I'd use the RO/DI as the water for the fish.

I would not bother with the dechlorinator as long as you're just using tap to clean the tank.

I don't have any experience, I just read to clean til you didn't smell any. I don't think it would take hundreds of times
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:39 AM   #16
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Id stay away from the bleach I use white vinegar the acid kills every thing and if you miss any it just messes with your ph. Tap water has enough stuff added any way to kill off most any thing JMO
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:40 PM   #17
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Yes, I have an ro/di unit. I'm rinsing with tap water because, well, it's just rinsing and making water for that would be ridiculous lol.

I've got my rid-a-bleach plan down.

Next question is, do I have to quarantine one thing at a time?

I would like to get a pair of clowns and a royal gramma, to replace my ones that died. They are from the same LFS and likely the same distributor and likely same water parameters.

Would it be ok to quarantine these together? I don't want to wait months apart.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:56 PM   #18
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Yes, I have an ro/di unit. I'm rinsing with tap water because, well, it's just rinsing and making water for that would be ridiculous lol.

I've got my rid-a-bleach plan down.

Next question is, do I have to quarantine one thing at a time?

I would like to get a pair of clowns and a royal gramma, to replace my ones that died. They are from the same LFS and likely the same distributor and likely same water parameters.

Would it be ok to quarantine these together? I don't want to wait months apart.
I'm going to qt everything. When I buy, I'm not sure what I'm going to buy, but if I buy a pair, then I'm going to qt that pair together. I don't think I'm going to be buying different fish at once, so I would be qt'ing separately. This is just what I'm gonna do. May take longer but I wanna be safe too.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:01 PM   #19
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Thanks.

I don't think I see anything wrong with quarantining a gramma and a pair of clowns together.

After all, it's not only the fish in the display tank i'm protecting. I'm protecting the surface area of all the equipment, the water, the sand, the rock, the equipment itself, AND my fish (even though it's only 3 green chromis at the moment).

Even by putting the gramma and clowns together in the quarantine, I am only putting the fish themselves at risk, and it's not a great one.
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I would agree that the three could be qt'd together. I plan on buying 4 blue reef chromis and all four will be going into one qt. I may even buy another fish when I get the chromis, not sure yet. I'm treading slowly and lightly now. lol
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