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Old 02-02-2013, 12:08 AM   #1
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over ran algae!!!

Hello everyone I'm not sure if this is in the right place only my second post. Here's the situation I'm in... I just took up fish keeping and currently have a 10 gallon tank. I have a friend who has a 55 gallon long that is over ran with green algae. He said that if I want to clean it I can have the tank, stand, decorations, hood with lights the whole set up except heater. My problem is Idk how to go about cleaning everything. I'm am going to go get it all on the 7th or 8th and would like to have it up and going by the 14th any help would be highly appreciated thank you.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:40 AM   #2
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Depending on how bad it is. You probably need
To soak all fake plants and decorations in a water bleach solution. Scrub the heck out of the inside.
Are you going to replace the gravel? And what type of filter does it have??

Most algae is caused by one of two factors. To much light or to much nutrient in the water.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:32 AM   #3
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Whatever you do, don't use soap or any cleaning products. The bleach is a good idea. Just make sure it is bleach without additives. The exact ratio of bleach to water escapes me at the moment, but I'm sure someone else will chime in. I believe you can use vinegar to clean the glass.....again someone else can give their 2 cents. If it's bad on the glass, use a razor to scrape it of.
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I agree, get a scraper and scrape that stuff off, should come off pretty easy. I have used bleach on some of my plants, decorations, etc. Soak in light bleach for a few days and make sure to rinse, rinse, rinse. OR soak in plain water and change the water several times after using the bleach before putting the items in your tank. Good luck!!
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:39 PM   #5
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Thank you for all the advice. I'm not sure what kind of filter it is all I know is its a canister that is out of the tank ran by hoses. I should be picking it up tomorrow or Friday and have pics and better details then. I'm planning in just trashing the old gravel away and buying new. I'm wanting to stay away from chemicals as much I possibly can. Thank you
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clean the gravel in hot water rinsing alot, throw it in a 5 gallon bucket put it in the garage or basement, you never know when you might get another tank and want substrate. Itll be there, all dried out and cleaned ready for use.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:26 PM   #7
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Never even thought about that thank you I will definitely do that
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:16 AM   #8
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Okay so I went and picked up the 55gal today. i was half full and had about 100 platies in it. my friends mom took most of them the rest was givin away on Craigslist. the guy i got it from said he got it a year ago and bought 3 mickey mouse 1m2f and 3 sunburst 1m2f and 3 red wag 1m2f. he left town last june and everything got unplug a month later wen he got back it was over ran. so he never hooked anything back up. I cleaned most the algae out today but it needs scraped with a razor beause of cloudyness from evaporation and chemicals. (he kept doing water changes and using proper chems.) I got the stand, decor, (no rocks he kept them since they was from his flower bed.) then tank, hoods, light, and a 16 oz almost full bottle of stress coat and stress zyme. also the filter and heater. It was all free all i did was empty it and move it. now here we go the filter is full of algae and water. it is a Marineland Magnum350 how would i go about cleaning this and the fluval heater? I want to hook this setup up but do not want another algae outbreak. im going to scrap the tank glass with a razor and use a good clean new spong on the silicone. then wash it out real good with the hose and let air dry will that work?
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Okay so I went and picked up the 55gal today. i was half full and had about 100 platies in it. my friends mom took most of them the rest was givin away on Craigslist. the guy i got it from said he got it a year ago and bought 3 mickey mouse 1m2f and 3 sunburst 1m2f and 3 red wag 1m2f. he left town last june and everything got unplug a month later wen he got back it was over ran. so he never hooked anything back up. I cleaned most the algae out today but it needs scraped with a razor beause of cloudyness from evaporation and chemicals. (he kept doing water changes and using proper chems.) I got the stand, decor, (no rocks he kept them since they was from his flower bed.) then tank, hoods, light, and a 16 oz almost full bottle of stress coat and stress zyme. also the filter and heater. It was all free all i did was empty it and move it. now here we go the filter is full of algae and water. it is a Marineland Magnum350 how would i go about cleaning this and the fluval heater? I want to hook this setup up but do not want another algae outbreak. im going to scrap the tank glass with a razor and use a good clean new spong on the silicone. then wash it out real good with the hose and let air dry will that work?
You seem to well on the way to a sparkling new aquarium!!. For the filter and heater i would soak them in a solution of plain bleach and warm water. Ratio of 10/2,(2parts bleach, 10parts water). Leave this over night in a ventalated room, garden shed ideally.. The algae should literally dissolve and very little scrubbing to do. Rinse, Rinse, Rinse with warm water(not hot) and dry as much as possible with paper tolls. Then leave to air dry and you should be good to go...
Just on the Stress Coat, i used to use it until i switched to Prime. I found the Stress Coat leaves a slimy film on everything which algae grows on. I don't have that problem since i switched to Prime...Best of Luck with your Tank...
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Thank you, Not to sound ignorant but do I take the filter all the way apart and submerge and soak all the parts that way over night? Also is Prime by API like stress coat or another brand? Also the filter is full of water and the algae seems fairly free.
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