|01-02-2013 04:40 PM|
|jmhart||Yes, bleach is pefectly safe. Clean the tank well, triple rinse, let it air dry. Then you'll be good to go.|
|01-02-2013 01:06 AM|
Safe to Bleach
I have used bleach to clean items on many occassions. Do know that you must use a high diluted mixture and you must go through serious rinsing. I let my items soak in plain water after the bleaching process and change the water at least three times with a dechlorinator added to the water.
I've used this process to clean items in the reef tank as well with no problems
|01-02-2013 12:59 AM|
Some suggestions for such a large tank (pretty much what has been state above). I would try other options before giving up so quickly, this is more so a learning experience than a road to perfection.
How old was your tank?
Light setup(distance, length, bulb type)?
Water alkanity and hardness?
1) UV sterilizer (18W?)
2) Soak & Rinse substrate.
3) Inject ferts into substrate instead of water column.
4) Circular or some sort of consistent pwrhead circulation and aeration(maintaining redox is critically dependent on your tank's alkanity/hardness)
5) Depending on your tank setup, did you try a riparium setup or floaters to absorb light/nitrates.
|12-27-2012 07:50 PM|
If the weather is OK, soak in bleach, then rinse in double dechlor, then spread it out and air dry. Any remaining chlorine will become a gas and leave.
You could follow up this with mineralizing (or at least pre-loading) the substrate so it is very fertile when you reuse it. This can minimize the water column dosing that may have played a part in the green water problem.
|12-27-2012 02:47 PM|
|nokturnalkid||You could also use straight h2o2 if you are worried about bleach. Its cheap enough that dumping a coiple of bottles will not break the bank.|
|12-27-2012 05:15 AM|
I don't see why not, as long as you rinse well afterwards and then soak in dechlorinator at twice the recommended dosage.
Be sure to agitate the substrate often as well.
|12-26-2012 09:32 PM|
safe to bleach and re-use?
I have a 50G starfire rimless that had GW so bad I finally had to just tear it down (I fought it for 6 months at least).
Now I would like to set it back up in a room where no sunlight hits the tank (Im sure that was the problem)
What I'm wondering is if it's safe to bleach the substrate before I re-use it. Its a mix of aqua soil, EcoComplete, and Power sand.
I was thinking rinsing thoroughly in small batches in a bucket and maybe soaking in a light bleach mix as well.
I just want to make sure that any spores of any algae are dead and gone before rebuilding the tank.
(the GW was so bad it would go brown!)