Need to know if this is safe
I have a 20 gallon long that was filled with eco-complete and had the filter setup, I went to a LFS and got some plants. They gave me 13 fish to cycle the aquarium. I know it was way too much and the certain plants they gave me were too big for my aquarium. I personally didn't go to the store as I wasn't able to then. I then returned all of the plants and fish. I was thinking about selling everything and getting rid of it. So I drained the water as much as a I can. I also scooped as much of the eco-complete as I can in 2 5 gallon buckets.
The tank and buckets has been sitting there for maybe 2-3 weeks, maybe longer. Would it be safe to use the same aquarium and eco-complete. If I am able to, what would I need to do. Keep in mind all of those fish, maybe they had illnesses (I didn't feed them during the 1-2 days I had them), also the plants and the dead leaves and such that is still on the bottom.
I am just wondering if there would be some bad bacteria or something that I would need to address. Petco said they sell a 20 gallon long for $20 again tomorrow and I am fine to buy another tank. I also need to get another 20 lbs of eco-complete anyway as 2 20 lb bags didn't seem enough unless I was just having trouble planting the plants. It did seem too shallow though. The specific plant I had trouble with was Giant sagittaria. But if I would need a new 20 gallon, wouldn't I have to buy another 2 20 lbs bags of eco-complete on top of the 1 I was planning on too. I don't want to spend all that extra when I could use all that on plants.
The tank and buckets don't smell bad if that would matter. It is open top for now so some water has evaporated but there is still some left. I also didn't put the light on at all.
So could you please help me know if it is safe and if there are precautions I need to take. Thanks
Last edited by Aqua3; 09-25-2016 at 11:45 AM.