Disinfecting A Fishtank

Postby Joey » 2006-10-07 01:38

A guy gave me a 20 gallon fish tank...used how should I dsinefect it? I want to put maybe a baby angel fish and a few tropical fish perhaps 4 neon tetras and some guppies and platies...maybe..so how would I disinfect it? :unsure:
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Postby Dookie » 2006-10-07 07:27

I use methlyene blue. I think that stuff wipes out just about anything diseasewise that could be in there! Be warned though that if the tank is held together by clear silicone it'll be bright blue coloured silicone after treatment. A strong solution of salt could be used I would imagine. Anyone?...
A 20g tank is kinda small for an angel though, they can reach a foot high. And you'll need a taller than average tank to keep one in. Also, angels and neons wont mix in the long run. Once little angels mouth is big enough it will make tasty treats out of your neons and other small fish.
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-10-07 10:38

I use MnO<sub>4</sub> (if I remember correctly it's manganese peroxide) mix a few grains of that with warm water and leave it for a hew hours... also give it a scrub if it needs one beforehand using a new kitchen sponge.

You can also use bleach to disinfect the tank, but you have to wash it out very, VERY well because even one drop could kill your fish... also use only pure bleach rather then the coloured/smelly stuff.
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-10-07 11:59

Meth Blue is awesome - guaranteed to kill almost any bacteria IMO.
And hey, blue silicone isn't all that bad - it's rather good fun!
Just remember to wear rubber gloves when handling both the bottle and the actual liquids - it dyes your skin for nearly 5 days in under 30 seconds if you're using neat.
I made that mistake...
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Postby smiley » 2006-10-07 19:10

imo, i would just try and give it a good hard scub, and i have herd that viniger will do the trick- but dont quote me on that tho

also you can keep neons with angels as long as they are brought up from a very early age. but i would even try it
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-10-07 19:14

btw, guppies and angels are not a good mix. you are guaranteed to get a dead guppy sooner or later.

Vinegar is good for cleaning limescale off :tup:
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Postby Dookie » 2006-10-07 19:51

Lemon juice works a treat on limescale too.
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-10-07 20:05

Concentrated lemon juice is supremely good at muck stripping.
In the plastic lemon bottle.
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Postby sharkdude » 2006-10-08 13:28

yeah as KK sais angels and most of teh fish you mentioned arnt great with them.
plus neons are shaoling fish keep at least 6
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