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Old 11-05-2005, 11:23 PM   #1
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Bleaching a Biowheel

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I am disinfecting a QT that had sick fish in it. I want to get the QT nice and clean and ready for new arrivals before putting them into my main.
I am comfortable cleaning everything in the tank with bleach, but I am not sure if I should bleach the biowheels. Will this ruin them?

Also, is there a reason I should not run bleach through the Emperor filter?

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Old 11-06-2005, 01:21 AM   #2
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I wouldn't just in case you don't get the bleach all of the way out.
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Pop em in the microwave for a minute or two. This will kill off any thing you have to worry about as far as your tank goes. Just don't nuke em to the point where it melts or deforms the plastic.
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Old 11-06-2005, 01:24 PM   #4
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Just let the biowheel air dry for a week. As long as there is no moisture, nothing will survive to be a problem later on. What did you treat the tank with/what ailment?

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if you do use bleach make sure you run some dechlorinator in the tank to get rid of liggering effects
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Thanks.

Also, if I allow the various components of the tank to air dry, can I assume that the chlorine will decompose and not be a factor?

I was treating for Ich and some other secondary (maybe bacterial) infection.

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Thats why I say use a dechlorinator to make sure no problem from bleach
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Also, if I allow the various components of the tank to air dry, can I assume that the chlorine will decompose and not be a factor?
Yes, chlorines natural state is as a gas so it will dissipate naturally. Unless some of the components are resin/sorbants, then they will require treating. Otherwise rinse well with hot water and allow to air dry for several days.

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