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Old 07-01-2005, 09:42 AM   #1
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Cleaning. Converting my 404 from SW to FW

Ok I took my fluvial 404 off the saltwater tank sometime ago and I have way less algea. Go Figure.

I need to clean it and all the parts thourghly. along with my storage tank/pump/heater. My plan is to take the filter&parts and place them into the storage tank, fill it, add a cup or two of clorox bleach, and let it circulate for twenty four hrs. That should get everything sterile

My main two questions are:

1: Does this sound like a good idea?

2: Whats the best way to ensure all bleach gets removed?


I am sure I will have to drain and refill with freshwater several times, and use dechlorinater a couple times in that process. but since My nose can't detect faint smells I fear I will not be able to smell small amounts of chlorine. I'm sure ( atleast i haven't seen any) they do not make chlorine test kits, so How many times to you think I will need to drain and refill?

Any Other idea's

I have to clean the storage tank/pump/heater too because I get nasty brown algea just 24 hrs after mixing a new batch.

TIA,
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That sounds like a good idea. After you rinse with clean water, maybe make up a batch of water with some extra dechlor, and run that through.
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Bleach has a pretty fast evaporation rate. If you let the filter set outdoors for about a week (to be on the safe side) after you have drained it and let it air dry, the bleach should all evaporate on its own.
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cool thank you both.
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Old 07-02-2005, 09:13 PM   #5
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I have switched fluvals back and forth between salt and fresh. I would be terrified to use bleach. Clear vinegar, full strength, will clean out anything that needs cleaning.
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