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Old 11-23-2011, 03:37 PM   #1
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Tank cleaning

I've just acquired a 2nd hand tank and it is in desperate need of a scrub down and thorough clean. Any tips for doing this?

I've heard Milton sterilising fluid could be used, but I'm a bit nervous about using it unless it has some long term effect on my BIo-bacteria further down the line when it's all set up.
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:46 PM   #2
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I am assuming its empty right now? Vinegar & water solution with a thorough rinsing is cheap & safe option.
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Old 11-23-2011, 03:54 PM   #3
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I've got the last bit of gravel to take out, but more or less empty.

Thanks, I will give this a try
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:27 PM   #4
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Yes vinegar and water should work. And I'm pretty sure it's safer than bleach and other cleaning chemicals. Nevertheless, be sure to rinse it well after.
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Vinegar is the best IMO. If there are water marks/stains you can soak a paper towel in it and leave it on the marks for a couple of hours to remove the really tough ones.
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:17 PM   #6
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To be honest the glass looks pretty clean. Just concerned about any nasties that might harm my fish. I have very little history about the tank, as I bought it off eBay.

I will give vinegar a try.
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Vinegar will kill and 'nasties' but if the tank is dry they would be dead anyway.
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:21 PM   #8
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Thanks for putting my mind at rest
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:44 PM   #9
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Bleach is the best thing for cleaning a tank, as it will loosen any biofilm , visible or otherwise. As well, it will sterilize and is not persistent when rinsed off. For mineral deposits, vinegar works well to soften them for easier removal.
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Old 11-26-2011, 08:31 AM   #10
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Cleaned with vinegar (well white wine vinegar..how posh am I :P) and everything has come up a treat
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