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So I was offered a free 40 breeder with full setup for saltwater sump, skimmer, etc....

I have no desire for saltwater tank, but I could totally use that tank for another shrimp breeder . Will the fact that it had salt and had been used for saltwater setup mean I'm playing with fire?

The thing is I don't want to set the whole thing up just to kill anything I place it. Anyone know if it's worth the trouble?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-11-2014, 05:16 PM
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Just wash it out well.
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I'd try and check to see if the owners ever treated anything for ich in the tank.


Most marine ich treatments contain copper. Could make the tank useless for keeping inverts.

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Water + Vinegar, rinse it afterward. Best natural solution to clean almost anything.
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Yeah do a good water vinegar soak and you will be fine. Then maybe bleach it and let it dry for a couple days


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soak and rinse with fresh water, remove any buildups. you would be fine.
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I agree, do a good soak in bleach first maybe, let it clean the silicones and glass then dump it de chlorinate it and do a white venter wash and let that sit for a day or two. Then wash it out really good and it should be good to go. Although marine treatment for ich has copper and it leaches to the silicone, the bleach soak and vinegar wash should disinfect it. If your really worried your could always do the disinfecting and then dry it and put another layer of silicone on the existing one

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If the tank had been treated with copper, the silicone would be stained blue to blue-green.

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I doubt that trace amount of copper would affect shrimps.

actually in contrast, shrimp needs trace amount copper for their blood.
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I've a 180 gallon that I acquired earlier this year, it was a reef tank in a previous life and I had no qualms using it for freshwater.

If your worried about it, give it a though cleaning, since it's only 40 gallons, plus some if your using a sump, you can easily fill it up with hotter warm water, not hot but not quite warm in between those, and treat with a variety of things, bleach, H2o2, or vinegar. When I set up my converted tank I put two gallons of vinegar in it and let that cycle through for a week, since my setup is almost 220 gallons I couldn't use hotish water had to use cold, but I put a bunch of heaters in there and cranked it up to almost 90 degrees for that week. Bleach would probably be your best bet, it pretty much kills everything and thoroughly disinfects the aquarium, if you do use bleach just make sure you drain all the bleachy water out, replace with clean water, and treat with Prime or a similar chemical. I usually double dose my Prime when I clean stuff with bleach just to be on the safe side.

If you are worried about it, replace the substrate. If your tight on cash you can probably sell the skimmer it came with fairly quickly, around me those things go fast on the saltwater forums.
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I doubt that trace amount of copper would affect shrimps.

actually in contrast, shrimp needs trace amount copper for their blood.
Oh, I agree. But there's a great deal of paranoia that folks have when they evaluate used tanks, and this is just one element. For me, it's more the discoloring that would be an issue.

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Title doesn't match your post, at all.
But baking soda is great though.


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Water + Vinegar, rinse it afterward. Best natural solution to clean almost anything.
Yep, this - I had a FX5 that was used for a marine tank. Vinegar and water cleaned it beautifully.
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Nice score.

I wouldn't worry too much about it. If there is visible salt/mineral buildup, vinegar should help with it. Just put some on a papertowel or newspaper so it's soggy, and stick it over the mineral, let it soak a bit, and then scrub it off. If you use a razor for scraping, just be careful near the silicone.

If you are going to reuse any filter media, that might be worth soaking/rinsing, but otherwise a quick cleaning/rinsing should remove all but negligible amounts of salt.
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