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5 years ago #1
Guest
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What chemicals should you use to clean a fish tank/aquarium?

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5 years ago #2
johnarthur
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Absolutely almost none. Assuming the aquarium is empty, you can use chlorine bleach to disinfect a really nasty tank. Put it on a level place a few inches above the ground, fill it with water, then add a bit of bleach. Drain it after about 24 hours, and use a nylon mesh to remove solid materials. You should appreciate the aquarium water level being above ground level when you syphon out the water. After the bleach, you should fill the tank with tap water and let it soak for another 24 hours. Rinse it a few times before setting it up. A good water conditioner will take care of left over chlorine.

That said, white (clear) vinegar is a safe alternative to chlorine bleach. You can also use it with water in a spray bottle to clean the outside surface of the glass.

To clean aquarium gravel, put it in a clean bucket and run a garden hose through the gravel until the water comes out clear.

Never expose an aquarium or anything in it to soap, solvents, cosmetics, poisons, etc.

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5 years ago #3
KristinAnn
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Some pet stores sell "safe" aquarium cleaners and towelettes, but I would still be careful not to get any in the water. If the tank is empty, I would still give it a good rinse before filling it.

Always remember to let a previously empty tank cycle fully before adding fish. Note that this can take a month, it is not the 24 hours that some pet stores try to tell you, that's only to remove chlorine.

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4 years ago #4
sam
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The glass itself is frosted as was not use for a long time. It is stain and have marks on it, what should I use to remove this

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3 years ago #5
Jase
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Mix half a cup of white vinegar with half litre of distilled water.

Source: http://www.yamatogreen.com/CleaningAquariumGlass.htm


You can buy empty 'spray bottles' from many garden centres, and then fill with this solution.

Naturally once cleaned, rinse out the tank thoroughly, but this seems the suggested best option.

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3 years ago #6
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You need to be really careful about soap or solvent residues accumulating in the sealant or any other porous places. If the frost is from an alkaline buildup, you may be able to remove it with an acid solution. Vinegar is an acid, so you could put a few drops on the glass and see if it dissolves the buildup in a few minutes.

Stronger acids are, of course, more dangerous. Before using unsafe measures to clean the aquarium you may want to remember that used aquariums are really cheap at yard sales, etc. At one time PETCO had a dollar a gallon aquarium sale once a year.

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3 years ago #7
Big Country Leo
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Hello, I had a tank with the same problem in regards to calcium buildup,I bought it used for a great price. The solution that completely removed the buildup is to create a vinegar baking soda paste, just mix together enough so it can be applied like a paste (toothpaste consistency) to the offensive area, let it sit on the deposit for a few hours then rinse. Walla, should be gone, or nearly gone. Lee

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3 years ago #8
Miki-Kamikaze
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My acrylic tank is pretty nasty right now but I dont have any bleach and I dont think hot water is doing the job. I do have a bottle of fantastik with bleach. Is that safe enough for the tank and my betta?

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3 years ago #9
pamk59
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No use no chemicals at all if you want something to clean it with go to a fish store and get an aquarium sponge or ask they but never use chemials. hope this helps.

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3 years ago #10
jlk
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Do not use any type of cleaner product on aquariums. The best thing to use is plain white vinegar. Just make sure you rinse the tank very well after using it.

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3 years ago #11
Mandeel
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Hi Jase,

Am convinced re "using white vinegar" however,

Q.should I remove the fish first and add the WV to the
existing aquarium water or I should drain the water first then clean it.

Q. until how long should I wait to return the fish to the tank ?


tks alot & have a nice day.
Mandeel

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3 years ago #12
jlk
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White vinegar is for cleaning a tank without fish (ie, you buy a used tank & it has residue/debris on it). If you have fish, do NOT do this. You will harm your good bacteria and likely put your tank back into a cycle. If theres algae, scrape it off before doing a water change with an old credit card or invest in an algae magnet. Otherwise, just wipe the inside of the tank glass before a water change with clean plain paper towels.

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2 years ago #13
minnow and danio
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none!!!
the only chemicals are the treatments and thats all.

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2 years ago #14
thea
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Never use soap on anything that touches an aquarium PLEASE... And do not suggest it either.

Even when you rinse carefully you will leave some and any amount however small is highly toxic to fish.

I would hate for someone to lose their fish because they followed your advice.

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2 years ago #15
Angela
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Hi! I noticed you had a betta! So do i...here is my question......he recently got fish rot and he is the only fish in his tank. We clean the tank with no chemicals but we could not figure out how he got this.. We removed all plants and obtained a special 4 cycle treatmment for him...my question is: is there simething else we should be using to routinely clean his tank, gravel and statuary (to prevent reoccurance)?

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2 years ago #16
tygamer
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The best thing to do is change 40% of his water if it's a beta. They are more tolerant to complete water changes as well. Tail rot is from bad water quality.

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2 years ago #17
Jess
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Hi! My betta has fin rot, I'm using melafix, and it seems to work for a time with the occasional addition of an extra dose of aquarium salt, and then the fin rot will get worse out of the blue! How do I stop it???

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2 years ago #18
Solarus
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Just my two cents (take it or leave it).

Tank: 10 gallons, aerated, carbon filtered, maintained at 80F with small tank heater. Lit with two 10w energy savers dampened with squares of blue paper under each. Only one live plant. Small amount of salt added with every water change.

Fish: Almost exclusively mollies, dalmatian and black. All offspring born in the same aquarium.

Tank Maintenance: Weekly addition of 5ml StressZyme bacteria, 5ml Algae Eliminator, 5ml Water Conditioner (de-chlorinator and Ph maintenance).

Surface Cleaning: Simple Green spray, surface only, with paper towel.

Interior Glass Cleaning: Abrasive Sponge with handle, sold in any fish supply store, no chemicals at all (bacteria in water and algae eliminator will take care of loosened debris).

Water changes 20% every couple of weeks, with tank-to-sink dual action gravel vacuum. See attached pictures for water clarity and beauty. Tank is over two years old, with two adult fish closing in on two years.

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1 year ago #19
marce
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Tried the paste yesterday and worked great!

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1 year ago #20
DARE
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I have cleaned my fish tank twice using store bought CLR to remove calcium build up. Worked wonderfully, no poisoned fish. I rinsed the thing out like a madman afterward though. Also, be cognizant of the fact that you'll basically be rebooting the tank/nitrogen cycle.

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1 year ago #21
EvB
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Whatever you use - when you have rinsed it as much as you can stand to with water, rinse it AGAIN with a white vinegar/water solution. It can be pretty strong if you like because you're going to have to do a few water rinse again after. I actually just pour some in, swipe it around with my hand, and then start adding the water swiping more as it rises.

What vinegar does is cut any leftover mineral and cleaner deposits, and it rinses away quite well itself. Rinse the vinegar away, let it dry, and you are good to go.

It fact - I often scrub aquarium equipment with plain baking soda as an abrasive, then reise with a vinegar solution. Wash my kitchen counters the same way. It's magic

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1 year ago #22
Necey
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you shouldn't use chemicals to clean your tank, I clean my tank with water scrub it inside and out with a clean cloth preferably a white cloth

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1 year ago #23
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Be sure you are using a heater if the water isn't warm enough. I added one to mine and seem to have the tail rot under control. The stress from the water temps being too low can cause it, in addition to water quality issues.

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1 year ago #24
dazu
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thank you for your info

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1 year ago #25
Mary
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I use salt is that ok

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1 year ago #26
Nazira03
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Mary, Please do not post on old posts, it pushes back the newer important posts. If you have a question start a new post.

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9 months ago #27
scott
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How come vinegar can't be used when it come's with silicone safe aquarium safe tube's for resealing one ?

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7 months ago #28
dbo
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It's not fin rot. Stop using any treatments. The betta self harms itself when unhappy. Remove EVERYTHING JAGGED, ROUGH, OR SHARP. Use the panty hose trick. Rub a pair of panty hose on any object before putting in with betta. And yes that may be just about every thing. You can add smooth accessories such as round caves, pic piping is great, soft fake plants. You can lead smooth flat large rocks or even dishes. Yes I know the tank is going to look weird and ugly but you will save your bettas life. I have a halfmoon male, he didn't like his dirty tank so he ripped most of his fins off overnight!

FYI all those "treatments" are usually bs. If you have a sick fish it will die in a day or two. I can't gaurantee anything but I have 6 imported betas from Tiwan. The 2nd betta I caught rubbing against a volcano rock. He was angry because he was moved into a larger tank and a larger louder filter. Good thing I caught it right away.

Oh if you have gravel, toss it. Bettas angry or depressed drag themselves over it.

What indicated that it was fin rot? Is there anything else besides the fins shortening?

I could be wrong. But you could remove anything the fish could use to hurt itself and use the fin rot medicine its up to you I can't tell without seeing any pictures but I have experience betta s self injuring

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7 months ago #29
CarLey
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Hi dbo. This is a 5 yr old thread. The original OP question has been dealt with. You can start a new thread if you like.

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5 months ago #30
Sara
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Clean water rocks plants

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