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Old 10-28-2014, 10:51 PM   #11
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I don't do anything more than clean the tank with hot water and paper towels to get a tank ready that's in use when I buy it. I remove the substrate and usually toss it because I don't like it. Most important thing is to keep the media wet from the filters. It's the media that keeps the fish alive.

Best place to get filter reviews is right here on the forum. The problem with reading the product reviews is you don't know how long the product has been in use at the time of the review. Who cares if it's still great after a month, you know?
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Old 10-30-2014, 02:43 AM   #12
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Post the link of the tank and well tell you if its a good deal or not. Like someone said some people who sell their tanks.. Think they are going to get all their money back.. No one is going to buy a 3-4 or 10 year old 30-40-50g tank for $200.. And like someone said usually these people will give you all the equipment.. The lady who I bought my 55g from for $120 gave me the lights, pump, filter, air bubble pump and nets and so forth..

My 44g Pentagon for $100 he gave me everything as well including like 4 power heads filter, the quad light, and heaters and nets and air pumps... Of course this time unlike the 55g all the crap he gave me didn't work, except the heaters and light but that's ok

As for cleaning the tank, obviously drain it take the rocks out and put them in a bucket.. or throw them away if you want new rocks. To clean the tank when you get home what I do is set it in the front yard get the water hose out and bottle of bleach and I fill the tank like 1/3 of the way and pour half the container of bleach in there.. then I get a sponge with the soft side and scrubby side and I scrub the walls using the bleach solution in the tank., scrub the bottom.. scrub the top plastic parts and the outside glass.. then I let it sit for like a couple minutes.. then I tip the tank over gently and drain the water and with the other hand I spray the entire inside of the tank to get all the bleach water out.. Then spray the rest of the tank to get the bleach water off.. Then I bring it inside the house and fill it up.


Btw don't SCRUB the seals.. just the glass

If your going to reuse the old rocks.. I suggest you actually put those rocks in the tank when your cleaning the tank with the bleach solution and give it a good swirl.. Badically you are disinfecting everything.. make sure you clean the rocks good of the bleach though.. Then when you fill the tank up I use 2 capfuls of prime, and then put a handful of food in the tank and let it cycle for a few weeks before I add any fish making sure the ammonia and nitrites are gone first.

As for the used filter.. toss the old filter pads out and buy new ones.. and just wash it in the kitchen sink with hot water and sponge.. NO SOAP


This is how I cleaned my 55g and my 44g pentagon, I just got this pentagon with 2 heaters and a QUAD lamp for $100 like I said, I reused the old rocks too as I liked them. I washed everything just as I described above.. even the gravel.

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Old 10-30-2014, 03:06 AM   #13
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Poll: Marineland 29, aqueon 36 bow, custom or other?

I always get a kick out of how paranoid people are about other fish tank. Completely sterilizing the tank, including tossing the media, is all well and good if you've got your own cycled media to replace it with....but to destroy all the beneficial bacteria of the established tank that was just purchased just to have to spend a month re-cycling the tank is not the best tactic to take, unless you want practice cycling a tank.

If the tank needs a cleaning then by all means give it one - that's the best opportunity to do it. But the tank doesn't require a cleaning simply because you didn't previously own it....
Don't toss the media unless you have your own cycled media to replace it. It's just unnecessary to have to start all over when all the hard work has already been done.
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Well, I'm thinking my line on the used tank is not going to pan out since they haven't called me back yet.

Aqua-holic: I was just going to ask about throwing the media away, but you beat me to it! I was thinking, "but wasn't I going to buy seeded media from someplace? Hey wait! I just did!"

I am worried about disease from other tanks and from other fish. Unfortunately, I don't have one tank, let along a QT, so I guess I'll have to be wary of where I buy the fish and hope for the best

I may end up buying an aqueon 36 bow front kit because it is on sale for Halloween for $99. The filter is not as big as I have read is suggested, but it is a nice price and will probably be good enough for me to decide if my toddler and I want to peruse fishes further.

Then again, if the Marineland goes on sale, I might buy that one too and/or if I find a good deal on a tank by itself, I could custom build one with all the parts that I want....decisions, decisions!
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Old 10-30-2014, 03:54 AM   #15
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I don't look at anyone's tank on here and think that they are disease ridden cesspools.... Haha I would hope no one thinks that of my tanks either You're no more likely to have to deal with disease from buying a used tank than you are from buying a fish at the store.
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I always get a kick out of how paranoid people are about other fish tank. Completely sterilizing the tank, including tossing the media, is all well and good if you've got your own cycled media to replace it with....but to destroy all the beneficial bacteria of the established tank that was just purchased just to have to spend a month re-cycling the tank is not the best tactic to take, unless you want practice cycling a tank.

If the tank needs a cleaning then by all means give it one - that's the best opportunity to do it. But the tank doesn't require a cleaning simply because you didn't previously own it....
Don't toss the media unless you have your own cycled media to replace it. It's just unnecessary to have to start all over when all the hard work has already been done.

First of all usually when you buy a used tank its already drained.. both of my 55 and 44g were dry as a bone.. Second... Why would I not sterilize the tanks ? Would you honestly want some kind of nasty parasites to get on your fish ? What if you were to put discus in the tank and they suddenly catch something from the other owner of the tank... Both my 55 and 44g were nasty... I mean really nasty.. the owners never cleaned the gravel or filters and it had dried up mineral deposites, slimy filters and pumps.. I don't think so lol..
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I've bought about 20 used tanks, many of which were still running when I got there.

That's exactly my point - the assumption that everyone else's tanks are full of nasty parasites. I've honestly never sterilized anything. I wipe the tank with a wet paper towel.

Like I said, if the tank looks disgusting and the fish look sick, then that's one thing. But I don't assume everyone else's tanks are full of disease just because they aren't my tanks, because they aren't. Fish carry disease, not fish tanks. You can go through all the trouble of sterilizing your tank only to just introduce what you were trying to prevent when you stock it.....
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I love my Aqueon tank I bought it not new but from someone who bought it from someone and neither ever used the tank.

99 sounds great. If you need another filter you can always add one. 36G is a great size for a smaller community tank, 46G would be my first choice because you can do so much with that size.

The way I use to clean a used tank depends on how dirty it is, light dirt I would use baking soda and white or apple cider vinegar to clean it. I love playing volcano with it!!! Makes cleaning fun! New or fish only sponge.

New or fish tank only, mr. clean magic eraser cleaner. If it is bad I use a razor blade first. Always do a water check for 24 hrs on the tank. Have fun!!!
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According to msds magic erasers are perfectly safe for fish tank use - there are no chemicals at all. I've even heard of people using them in a full tank.
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According to msds magic erasers are perfectly safe for fish tank use - there are no chemicals at all. I've even heard of people using them in a full tank.
They are basically little very fine sandpaper blocks and work great on almost everything. (make sure you wet down before use on anything which could scratch like the wood finish painted trim or it can scratch it)
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