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Old 05-12-2011, 12:58 AM   #1
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saltwater canister for use in freshwater

I just got a used canister filter that was previously used in a saltwater reef tank. To use it in a freshwater setup, are there anyspecial things I need to do to clean it up for use in a freshwater tank? I bought new hoses and cleaned out the trays, but what about cleaning out the internal workings of it? I don't wantt to damage any plants or fish with salt or algae that may exist in the motor.
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I am not sure but I know that when a SW tank is made into a FW tank it has to be cleaned VERY EXTREMELY good because SW particles will be in every crack and crany also in the silicone seal.
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I cleaned and scrubbed the tank with vinegar. Its had a fair amount of dry algae in it.
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Also, its not going directly in a tank with fish.. going to out plants in it and start the cycle first.
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I cleaned and scrubbed the tank with vinegar. Its had a fair amount of dry algae in it.
+1 for the vinegar scrub down.

After that I like to use baking soda to neutralize it, then rinse, rinse and rinse 2 more times. Good call on dumping hoses, etc. and you might want to run it on a bucket (spare tank) of cured water to flush it out before putting it on your tank IMO.
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yeah i ended up filling up the bathtub and ran it in there for awhile before adding it to the tank.
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