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Old 07-16-2012, 06:23 PM   #1
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Can a rodent tank be cleaned up and made into a fish tank?

While coming home from Lowes where I got 2 new aquarium lights I found a 20 gallon long tank sitting by a trash bin waiting for the trash man. So what did I do, well the trash man didn't get the tank. I brought it home filled it with water and it is currently sitting on my front porch to see if it leaks.
You can tell it was a rodent home of some sort maybe gerbils, guinea pig. Don't know but was definitely a rodent home. Can this be properly cleaned (if it doesn't leak) and be made in to a proper fish tank?
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Well, if the tank was designed to hold water, then yes.
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One thing. Check the silicon bead really closely. Even if it doesn't leak now the silicon maybe drying out and need to be resealed to avoid any future problems.
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Well, if the tank was designed to hold water, then yes.
It is a standard 20 gallon long aquarium so yes it was designed for water.
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One thing. Check the silicon bead really closely. Even if it doesn't leak now the silicon maybe drying out and need to be resealed to avoid any future problems.
Thank you didn't think about that. I will go over all of it really well.
I was concerned about the rodent having been in it didn't know if stuff would leech into the silicone or not.
So far its not leaking but has only been holding water for a few hours. I put bleach in the water to sanitize it and it will get rinsed really well several times. Probly get cleaned multiple times lol. I know for a fact after the bleach soaking it will get a vinegar scrub rinsed good and what ever else needs to be done
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Thank you didn't think about that. I will go over all of it really well.
I was concerned about the rodent having been in it didn't know if stuff would leech into the silicone or not.
So far its not leaking but has only been holding water for a few hours. I put bleach in the water to sanitize it and it will get rinsed really well several times. Probly get cleaned multiple times lol. I know for a fact after the bleach soaking it will get a vinegar scrub rinsed good and what ever else needs to be done
I think you've covered most of the cleaning ground there. Was there brown woodchips like stuff stuck to the bottom in the corners? If so it was a hamster. The are the only rodent I've met that does that and I've had rats, mice and gerbils as well.
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I think you've covered most of the cleaning ground there. Was there brown woodchips like stuff stuck to the bottom in the corners? If so it was a hamster. The are the only rodent I've met that does that and I've had rats, mice and gerbils as well.
Yes it looked like either cedar or pine chips in it. I used the water house and rinsed it out really good to knock all the pieces loose before I put the bleach water in it.
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Hey I just came across this http://howardthehumble.com/aquatic/reseal check it out It has some info on rehabilitated old rodent tanks.
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Definitely check the seals closely, I've gotten some old rodent tanks and the mice or whatever was in there will eat the silicone right off the tank.
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Hey I just came across this http://howardthehumble.com/aquatic/reseal check it out It has some info on rehabilitated old rodent tanks.
Couldn't get the link to come up but thanks any way
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