Aquarium & Tropical Fish Site
Tropical Fish Forums
Aquarium fishkeeping around the world!
 
ChatChat  HelpHelp   Search BoardSearch Board   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups 
 ProfileProfile   Check your private messagesCheck your private messages   Log inLog in   RegisterRegister 
Cleaning question
 Forum Index > Chemistry and Equipment  Reply to topic   Post new topic
Author Message
Avenger
Members


Joined: 11 May 2006

PostPosted: 2006.12.24(Sun)5:50    Post subject: Cleaning question Reply with quote

Dunno if this should be in this specific section, but also dunno where else it could go.
I've got some lava rock as decoration in one of my older tanks that is pretty well algaed up. The otos aren't eating the stuff, presumably because the rock is too rough for their lips. I've tried using a steel brush, but the stuff just won't come off, it's down into the pores of the rock. Anyone got any ideas on removing it?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
richiestang_78
Regulars


Joined: 13 Oct 2003

PostPosted: 2006.12.24(Sun)13:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could try a steam cleaner if you can get a hold of one, maybe a power washer but that may be a bit much.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Yahoo Messenger
naclh2ofly
Advisors


Joined: 07 Jun 2003
Location: MD's Eastern Shore, USA

PostPosted: 2006.12.24(Sun)16:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can try soaking it in bleach and then try scrubbing with a stiff bristled brush... be sure to rinse them well after cleaning and soak/rinse in water with a fair amount of dechlor.

Fred
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Avenger
Members


Joined: 11 May 2006

PostPosted: 2006.12.25(Mon)22:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bleach sounds good. I've got a powerwasher, and I think it would pretty much shred the stuff. Thanks folks!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
melissaann
Regulars


Joined: 27 Dec 2005
Location: Texas, USA

PostPosted: 2007.01.16(Tue)14:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard that soaking items in denture cleaner works. You drop tablets into water and they fizz it off. Not sure if it would get it all the way out of the tiny pores, though.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
DF Bobo
Exemplars


Joined: 23 Jan 2006
Location: Canada

PostPosted: 2007.01.16(Tue)14:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

you should never use bleach or any kind of detergent on things inside the aquarium since it can kill the fish, although a little windex on the outside is okay.
_________________
New to fishkeeping? Click the banner

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
brisbaneace
New Members


Joined: 03 Jan 2007
Location: Brisbane, Australia

PostPosted: 2007.01.17(Wed)17:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have found CRC brand GLASS CLEANER to be the best for the outside of my tanks, if it is available in your area, try it out. I use the trigger pack, but it is available in aerosol as well, which we use for window cleaning in the house.
_________________
50G, Neon Tetras and Male & Female Guppies, Well planted. Aquasun (Via Aqua)800 lph canister. Natural rocks as ornaments, coarse substrate.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
sepgundamrg
Regulars


Joined: 18 Dec 2006
Location: Arkansas

PostPosted: 2007.01.17(Wed)20:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

DF Bobo wrote:
you should never use bleach or any kind of detergent on things inside the aquarium since it can kill the fish, although a little windex on the outside is okay.
Bleach can be OK as long as you rinse throughly, and I would boil it afterwards. Bleach has all kinds of uses for the aquarium such as bleach bathsx for plants to get rid of algae. The main think is rinse rinse rinse.
_________________
My tanks
http://www.aquahobby.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=55885
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address
Cinder
Regulars


Joined: 16 Jan 2006
Location: Colorado

PostPosted: 2007.01.18(Thu)14:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used Denture Cleaner on fake plants (soak them for a 1/2 hour) and it cleaned them quite well - with the help of a toothbrush. I agree to never use bleach or cleaners. Even with the Denture Cleaner I washed the plants thoroughly, multiple times before putting them back in the tank.
_________________
135 gln. freshwater tank
29 gln. freshwater tank
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
 Forum Index > Chemistry and Equipment All times are GMT - 6 Hours Reply to topic   Post new topic
Jump to:  
  You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2008 phpBB Group

oF <=> oC in <=> cm G <=> L