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Old 12-07-2008, 09:54 PM   #1
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Someone is giving me a 210 gallon tank. It has LR and 2 clown fish @ 3", 1 yellow tang @ 5.5" and 1 unknown (at least to me) fish, it is about 2" and is a deep blue with a yellow tail. The tank has not been kept very well. It has algae and who knows what else growing everywhere. I will be moving the tank this coming Friday. I need help in cleaning? What do I use and what do I clean? The pictures below didnt come out too good. The tank had a very dirty front glass (half covered in algae) and I have a cheap camera and dont know how to photo an aquarium.









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OMG! Thats dirty.... First off I probably would clean off the Algea thats on the front glass to kind of get a better look or picture and what else is in there.... With your Sump IDK. You skimmer is a mess needs to be cleaned I difinetely do a Water change and Clean whatever algea thats on the LR or on your Sand Try siphoning some out and maybe replace it with new Sand. But like I said with your Sump I have no clue I will let one of the others let you know better on what to do with it. Good luck and Congradulations on the pick up.... I wish I had A free 200 gallon tank thats awesome.....
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that tank scares me back to the freshwater pictures
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that tank scares me back to the freshwater pictures

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OMG! Thats dirty.... First off I probably would clean off the Algea thats on the front glass to kind of get a better look or picture and what else is in there.... With your Sump IDK. You skimmer is a mess needs to be cleaned I difinetely do a Water change and Clean whatever algea thats on the LR or on your Sand Try siphoning some out and maybe replace it with new Sand. But like I said with your Sump I have no clue I will let one of the others let you know better on what to do with it. Good luck and Congradulations on the pick up.... I wish I had A free 200 gallon tank thats awesome.....

I have always had freshwater tanks so this is ALL new to me... I just couldnt turn down a free 210 gallon tank. I will not be able to view the tank again until I pick it up this coming Friday.

I am looking for the best way of moving everything and resetting up the tank. I know it needs cleaned but dont know how to go about doing it. The main questions I have are:

How do you clean the skimmer?
How do you clean the bio balls, or do ya?
How do you get the algae off the rocks, or can ya?
Do you clean all the s$it off of the water jets (power heads?)?
If I replace the sand, what do I replace it with?
How long will the fish survive in a tote with a power head and heater?


Its a great find and I aint complaining....I just dont want to kill everything!
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Me too, but its free
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cant beat that. im sure someone will help you rescue it ... nice big tank
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How do you clean the skimmer? i clean mine out with an old toothbrush and hot water, id use vinager and a toothbrush then a thorough cleaning with hot water (and toothbrush).
How do you clean the bio balls, or do ya? i'd pitch them and move some small pieces of lr to that area.
How do you get the algae off the rocks, or can ya? a big scrubber. be careful though, it looks like they have some corals on them so be sure not to mess with those.
Do you clean all the s$it off of the water jets (power heads?)? yes powerheads. and yes clean them off the same way you do with the skimmer.
If I replace the sand, what do I replace it with? replace it. replace with new sand, your choice what type but stay away from crushed coral or other coarse substrates.
How long will the fish survive in a tote with a power head and heater? they should last a while. i'd put some of the lr in the tote(s) with a powerhead pointed at the lr for some filtration. also an airstone would be great for some gas exchange.
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How do you clean the skimmer? i clean mine out with an old toothbrush and hot water, id use vinager and a toothbrush then a thorough cleaning with hot water (and toothbrush).
How do you clean the bio balls, or do ya? i'd pitch them and move some small pieces of lr to that area.
How do you get the algae off the rocks, or can ya? a big scrubber. be careful though, it looks like they have some corals on them so be sure not to mess with those.
Do you clean all the s$it off of the water jets (power heads?)? yes powerheads. and yes clean them off the same way you do with the skimmer.
If I replace the sand, what do I replace it with? replace it. replace with new sand, your choice what type but stay away from crushed coral or other coarse substrates.
How long will the fish survive in a tote with a power head and heater? they should last a while. i'd put some of the lr in the tote(s) with a powerhead pointed at the lr for some filtration. also an airstone would be great for some gas exchange.
How do you clean the bio balls, or do ya? i'd pitch them and move some small pieces of lr to that area.

Do I put lr here in the corner flows?:



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Dark blue with yellow tail, sounds like a blue tang to me.

Honestly, what you're looking to do will take a few weeks to do properly. Before doing anything, take those fish/animals to the LFS and sell them for a credit, OR ask them if they can hold them for you for a few weeks.

Ask your LFS for some large styrofoam containers with lids, most seem to have these sitting in the back room. Use this to move the live rock, with the lid on they will maintani their moisture for a few days even.

Buy a good RO/DI system and start making fresh water for the aquarium. You'll need some large containers (I use garbage bins) to hold the water while it's being made.

Dump all that water out of the aquarium, don't bother bringing it home with you. Empty everything frm the aquarium, as a 210g even empty, is heavy. (rocks, sand, ornaments, water) Don't worry about cleaning anything until you get home.

Use a gravel vaccuum to clean the cyano off the sand before removing it. Other than the cyano on top, the sand seems to be in good shape to be used after a few rinses.

Once you got everything home, you can use an algae scrubber and some fresh water to clean the glass, it's better to rub lightly 5 times then hard once and risk scratching the glass. I find it easiest to do this cleaning with the aqurium sitting on the floor, so you can walk all around it and clean it properly.

Next, start scrubbing some of the nuisance algae from those live rocks in those styrofoam containers.

You can clean/rinse the live sand in some freshly made SW. You'll never get the water crystal clear, you just want to remove the large waste particles and algae from the sand.

Then you can begin cleaning that sump and skimmer out. Bioballs work great as long as they're NEVER moved. Move them and you'll have problems. Either rinse them out and start fresh with them (don't remove ALL the stuff from them, there is tonnes of beneficial bacteria on them), or get rid of them and buy some Live Rubble to use in there instead. (or a 50/50 mix, and down the road you can start removing the bios for rocks.)

Clean out that skimmer really well too.

Next you can hook everything back up. Then, head to your local hardware store, or LFS store... because there will be lots of parts you'll want to replace or upgrade at this time. (plumbing, lighting, filteration, etc.)

Put in your live sand, live rock, and water. You can mix the salt in the water at this time.

You'll need to wait a while for your tank your cycle, it shouldn't take too long though. My tank had a lot of stuff from a preexisting aquarium as well.. (rock, sands, etc.)... it didn't even take a full week to cycle, and during that time my LR came with a blenny, some starfish, hermits, and snails, and I have't had any fatalities either. So it shouldnt' be too bad.

Next, you can start introducing your fish back to the aquarium.

And last, you can enjoy your new free aquarium.
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