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How to tear down/sterilize Mini M and canister filter?

What is the best way to completely tear down a tank and canister filter?

I have a Mini M tank where I have lost the war against algae . No matter what I do (completely scrape the glass, dose Excel and CO2, etc) the algae always reappears on the glass after a few days.

I want to start over clean so this means completely sterilizing the tank and canister filter so I don't re-contaminate it. Can I put a bleach solution in the tank and run it through my filter? If so, what is the ratio of bleach to water? Will this damage the silicone or anything else in my tank? How long should I run it for? Thank you for any help.
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I feel ya. My large tank has a good section smothered in the Clado monster. I'm not sure a manual removal and light adjustment will work at this stage... I might need to resort to your desired approach :/
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Can I ask how long has this been going on? A month or two? I have algea blooms last 2-3 months and it does go away. I'm thinking you just need to get the tank settled or balance. But then again I am only assuming. If you feel the need to tare it down and start over do so. As for bleach and such I don't think it is necessary. It you are going to start over. Start from scratch as you might just be carrying over the same problem to you began with that brought you to the point of taring it down.

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This has been going on for well over a year so it is not something temporary. I think the algae is deep down in my substrate or in the canister filter, so it will always keep coming back, which is why I'm asking the best methods of completely starting over and if it is safe to use bleach in the tank.
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Algae will not/can not grow unless conditions are optimal .... it has to out-compete the plants for the available nutrients. You have an imbalance
in your tank.

But since you seem determined to restart the tank rather than correct your current issues....

You can indeed use bleach to clean/sterilize your tank, filter, ect... just rinse
thoroughly and use a dechlorinator (prime-stress coat-ect) before
returning the equipment to service.


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