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Old 05-16-2010, 04:55 PM   #1
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cleaning fish nets

I know there is a solution you can buy but does any home remedies work?? I would think bleach would destroy them but maybe a weak mix might work. I do clean all my plants with bleach and soak them for days after and then again and then let them air dry for a couple of days. I already leaned my lession by not rinsing them enough and my tank cycled.
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Old 05-16-2010, 05:20 PM   #2
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1 part bleach to 100 parts water is what I use to clean all my equipment. You could also probably mix up a brine solution. To clean nets, most stores juse use a mixture of methylene blue and a copper-based solution such of CuSO4. It really just depends. I quick bath in methylene blue rinsing then just letting it air out would kill moth pathogens.
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i just dip mine in boiling water if I use it on a tank with sick fish... for my mbuna, i just use my hand, and that's easy to wash
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Bleach will weaken the fabric & shorten the life of the net, even at low concentrations. <Think swimwear in chlorinated pool ...>

Most fish store (& pond people) use potassium permanganate. But if your tank is at low risk for having pathogens, then air drying is prob all that is needed.
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it would prob be a good idea to have one for a QT only. many people i know have a net for each tank to lower the chance of spreeing the nastiest. i have a ton of nets but i just let them dry out.
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