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Cleaning the new 35 gallon?
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rainbowbrat23
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PostPosted: 2007.01.04(Thu)2:27    Post subject: Cleaning the new 35 gallon? Reply with quote

I just bought a 35 gallon tank from a guy off of craigs list. How do I go about cleaning it? Should I clean it? It still has gravel and a small amount of water in it.
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PostPosted: 2007.01.04(Thu)7:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

rinse the gravel and wipe it down with a clean cloth should be all you need to do. just remember not to use any detergents. after that, you're pretty much ready to cycle the tank.
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PostPosted: 2007.01.04(Thu)8:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why would they sell it to you with the gravel and some water in it? The gravel I guess I understand, but the water???
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PostPosted: 2007.01.04(Thu)14:23    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am thinking because they couldn't empty it all the way?? I dunno!! Maybe too lazy to empty it all the way? lol

Thanks for the advice! Someone else toldd me to use bleach...so I was in search of second opinions!!

The water is were the gravel is...not full of water or anything
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PostPosted: 2007.01.04(Thu)16:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could use bleach, but I wouldn't. You'd have to make sure you cleaned it REALLY well... I think someone told me once you can soak the tank in a bathtub filled with a water with a high concentration of dechlorinator and that makes it safe.
Also, you probably shouldn't try to move it with water in it. You can siphon the rest of the water out pretty easily, which should help prevent structural damage until you get it where you want it.
Finally, maybe this is my opinion, but you might consider investing in new gravel. The stuff that's in there is... interesting to say the least. Most fish look better against at least a dark gravel, and in my opinion it makes them feel a little safer. Can you imagine if your carpet was that colour? Shocked
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PostPosted: 2007.01.04(Thu)20:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

FlyingFish wrote:
You could use bleach, but I wouldn't. You'd have to make sure you cleaned it REALLY well... I think someone told me once you can soak the tank in a bathtub filled with a water with a high concentration of dechlorinator and that makes it safe.
Also, you probably shouldn't try to move it with water in it. You can siphon the rest of the water out pretty easily, which should help prevent structural damage until you get it where you want it.
Finally, maybe this is my opinion, but you might consider investing in new gravel. The stuff that's in there is... interesting to say the least. Most fish look better against at least a dark gravel, and in my opinion it makes them feel a little safer. Can you imagine if your carpet was that colour? Shocked


LOL.......we already took the water out and the gravel....We have some black and grey gravel...I will post pics when it is up!
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PostPosted: 2007.01.04(Thu)20:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh thank goodness. Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2007.01.04(Thu)22:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can use a 1 to 10 part bleach formula if you need it but most likely some hot water and a good scrubbing is all you'll need. Just throw out the gravel and like said above go with a darker more natural gravel, you'll be a lot happier with it. Good luck
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