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Cleaning second hand equipment

Is there an accepted way to effectively sterilize any equipment I get that is second hand? Obviously with filters throw away any used pads/media etc, but how about everything else? Heaters/filters (without filter media) etc?

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I always used white distilled vinegar with hot water, let it soak for a few hours for the stuff that is really stubborn, then scrub off with a stiff nylon scrub-brush


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With filters, I get a medium sized plastic bin. Fill it with hot water and white vinigar and then place the filter over the side as if the bin as if was the tank. Then plug the filter in and let I run for about 6 hours.
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Thanks guys
Is this effective against bacterial problems - for example TB? Just because I don't want to get caught out by someone selling off all their stuff cos they had SERIOUS problems

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Bleach works well for bacterial problems. 30-50% bleach solution will kill just about anything that may be lingering. I usually do 2-3 rinses in fresh water, followed by a heavy dose (5-10X) of dechlorinator overnight.
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cah925 has the right idea for disinfection. I also use bleach, about 25% solution. No reason to throw out any hard media; no reason to save pads or floss.

Vinegar works well for crusty mineral buildup and works even better when it's warm.

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cah925 - so to kill absolutely everything, run the filter in 30 - 50% bleach solution for a few hours, then rinse, rinse and rinse again, then run it in water treated with dechlorinator overnight?
Bleach is chlorine based? So using the dechlorinator removes any left over bleach?
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edit - and anything else obviously needs a really good rinse as you can't "run" it like you can a filter?

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Sorry deeda, didn't see your post. I'll have new pads for this 2nd hand filter anyway : )

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Leaving everything out in the sun to dry after rinsing also helps to evaporate off any remaining bleach. I've just finished bleaching everything from my 5 foot including the cannister - it sounded like a pain but it wasn't too hard in the end.
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BTW, use regular chlorine bleach only, no scented or fancy stuff or premixed products. Rinse well a few times with tap water until no bleach odor remains. Then use a dechlorinating product to remove any residual bleach.

Obviously, no electrical parts to be submerged for cleaning. Only the parts that normally come in contact with the aquarium water. You can use a damp cloth dipped in the bleach/water solution to wipe any external surfaces that may be contaminated on used parts.

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As everyone said either bleach or vinegar works well, no need for anything else. Just rinse everything really well when done.

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