Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-25-2009, 03:07 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hamden, CT
Posts: 60
I have a small problem....

In the process of cleaning my new tank, which was given to me by a coworker. I found something pretty unfortunate. My tank has an integrated wet/dry filter. The rear of the filter is sectioned off by acrylic inserts and some grating. I noticed that at some point, a fish or invertebrate of some sort managed to get itself underneath the grating in the rear of the filter system and died. There is what appears to be some sort of skull bone? floating around in a trapped section, and in a second trapped session there is a brown slime that is pasted to the bottom of the tank. I attempted to clean this yesterday when I realized in my frustration that it seems to be completely unreachable. The acrylic inserts which separate the filter section are permanently joined to the tank, with the rear grating permanently joined to the inserts. There seems to be no feasible way I could access either of these issues to clean them. The tank is currently filled with a bleach solution with the filter running, hoping to clean out any bacteria / disease that was present before I recieved the tank.

I don't know what to do about what appears to be remains, I can't access them to clean it out, will the bleach cleaning suffice to kill whatever bacteria / disease could be present from the remains?

I really was hoping to get this tank running and I'm afraid if I don't clean up this issue it will cause a lot of problems.
__________________

__________________
littlerob904 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2009, 03:54 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 632
I would say it depends how big a pile of remains we're talking about. I wouldn't worry about the skull, but if the brown spot is the rest of the fish you might have a problem. I'm pretty sure bleach will kill anything, but any bacteria that eat a dead fish are likely equipped to eat a live one too, so I would be careful.

What I would suggest is that you pretty much ignore it, and just make sure you do a fishless cycle. By the time that's done, the thing should be done decaying, and leaving the tank without fish in it for that period should prevent any fish diseases from surviving.
__________________

__________________
gzeiger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2009, 04:20 PM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
roka64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
Use white vinegar and let it soak.
__________________
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Articles
Acronym List

--Scott
roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2009, 04:29 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hamden, CT
Posts: 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by roka64 View Post
Use white vinegar and let it soak.
Thanks for the tips. Since I posted this thread, i filled the tank with a bleach / water solution. And ran the powerhead for about 24 hours. When I did a full water change I noticed that some of the "brown stuff" had been washed away and what remained was now more black in color. I did a complete water change and refilled the tank, I de-chlorinated and added substrate in, I'm going to check the levels today and determine if I need to do another water change or not. Im hoping to move forward with the cycle. That and I'm about to get my hands on some legos for some aquarium decoration building.
__________________
littlerob904 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2009, 04:33 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 67
legos, eh? You'll have to post pictures of those
__________________
Telek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2009, 04:39 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hamden, CT
Posts: 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by Telek View Post
legos, eh? You'll have to post pictures of those
I plan on it, I've been taking pics at all stages of my entrance to the aquarium hobby. From the dirty empty tank and ugly base, to the cleaned tank and refinished base, I'll be taking more pictures soon now that I have it setup and filled (just gravel and water right now) and I will definitely takes some pics of the legos. What else am I going to do while it's cycling???
__________________
littlerob904 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2009, 08:47 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
asudavew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 365
LOL
Can't wait to see the legos!

Maybe you can fill each one with silicon to hold em together!
And that should make it easier to keep them on the bottom... or where ever you put them.

Don't just think about the bottom though!
They could start on the sides of the tank with a bit of silicon to hold them in place!
__________________
asudavew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2009, 03:49 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hamden, CT
Posts: 60
So I started building and placing legos in the tank last night. Just a few things, I'm heading over to Toys r us today and I may actually buy some lego sets if anything catches my eye that would be good for the tank. Spongebob Square Pants anyone??? So far so good, pics will come once I'm confident in the setup but I created a "system" for keeping them in the tank and its working pretty well. Basically, everytime I build something, I create a "pillar" at the bottom of it, it only needs to extend an inch or two. Then I stick a good ole' flat peice on the bottom of the pillar and bury it in the gravel. The weight of the gravel holds the flat peice under, in turn holding the entire structure at the bottom. The bouyancy of legos isn't all that much so the actual force pulling up isn't too hard to overcome. The bigger the structure, the bigger the pillar / flat peice. It's working really well. I have blue and green gravel in the tank and I've found that if you use blue peices to create the pillar you can almost completely hide them, I have a lego shark that actually looks like hes sitting just above the gravel! My roommate and I were like little kids playing with legos last night, I can't wait to do more!
__________________
littlerob904 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2009, 03:58 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 67
You should assemble them under water so that there won't be air trapped inside them.
__________________
Telek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2009, 04:02 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hamden, CT
Posts: 60
That seemed to be more trouble than it's worth. Even if they were filled with water and no air in the gaps, the legos themselves are less dense than water. The most effective solution seemed to be burying them, not to mention putting together legos underwater is really annoying I'm really happy how they are coming out, I also got in the habit of using gravel in some parts to make it easier.
__________________

__________________
littlerob904 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Small DIY CO2 problem xxxcellarator Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 6 07-28-2006 12:44 AM
Brown Algae Problem...SMALL TANK Gordinho80 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 7 03-28-2006 04:23 AM
is there a problem with a female convict cichlid being small cichlid555 Cichlid Discussion 7 04-09-2005 12:30 PM
Small Yellow Tang and Small Regal 8965 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 11 12-29-2004 02:46 PM
small problem jr5018 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 1 05-29-2004 11:45 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:10 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.