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Super Crazy Tank Nuke with H2O2

Well, a lot of my fish died due to my heater failure (overheat) and I figured I would just nuke the tank with a bunch of H2O2 to clean off the algae and BBA.

My dad bought 4 946mL/1qt bottles of H2O2 (basically one gallon).

I'm not sure how much to put in. I might go with 2 bottles at a time, perhaps?

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drip it in with a drip acclimator if you got one. Is there still fauna and flora in this tank? I fear for their lives.

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All the survivors have been moved to my old ten-gallon hexagon which I resurrected as a refugee tank, lol.
The plants are in buckets filled with water.

The only thing left are a driftwood, loose leaves, rootless stems, and other plants that I have too much of. And the intake and output tubes of my canister filter. I'm not running the canister filter. I have two powerheads on opposite sides of the tank blowing towards the opposite end.

I've pretty much nuked the whole bacterial colony (aside from the 10 or so rock things that I tossed into my AquaClear 30 filter on my 10-gallon hex.


How I nuked it just then:

Add two bottles (half-gallon total).
Wait a while. (I think I waited like 30 minutes).
Add the rest (half-gallon)

In total, 1 gallon of 3% H2O2. I hope it works darn well.

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Should. did it fizz up like when I pour it on a cut? (I have never used H202 to nuke)

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Should. did it fizz up like when I pour it on a cut? (I have never used H202 to nuke)
When I use it for spot treating (using a syringe directly at a clump of BBA), it'll fizz up and start bubbling a lot.

With the whole tank treatment, everything has small bubbles, but it's not a crazy fizzing action. Hopefully the end result is all the same.

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Not too sure why you would do that......
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Not too sure why you would do that......
My Hydor ETH-300 got stuck in the on position, sent the tank to near 100F, and killed at least 12 fish. I have nine survivors (yea, didn't have too many fish to begin with because I wasn't bothered to go out and buy more).

Since I moved all of the survivors to the smaller tank because there was dead fish everywhere and I knew ammonia levels would be insane, I figured that I would take the time to also clean my tank.

I've always had trouble with BBA and clado and other crap, so I decided I would nuke it. Hopefully it will kill all of the BBA and I can rub it off the glass easily.

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I think in your situation I would have just drained the tank.
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Don't expect immediate results. I did something similar to clean clado of some wood a couple weeks back, and it is taking forever to disappear. It even took a week or so before it starting to look noticeably dead.


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I think in your situation I would have just drained the tank.
That doesn't kill anything.

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That doesn't kill anything.
Drain, then clean.
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Drain, then clean.
With what?

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i think what xmas means is break the tank down completely. i would remove and rinse the gravel, scrub the glass, and then for good measure let everything dry out completely bone dry before restarting. if you want, you can fill the tank and gravel and nuke it with the peroxide to kill anything left. should leave an almost sterile tank to start with. as for the heater, if your going to replace it, go with 2 smaller ones. that way if one gets stuck on or off, it wont swing the temp up or down too drastically before you notice and can correct it. thats what i do on my sulawesi tank.
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i think what xmas means is break the tank down completely. i would remove and rinse the gravel, scrub the glass, and then for good measure let everything dry out completely bone dry before restarting. if you want, you can fill the tank and gravel and nuke it with the peroxide to kill anything left. should leave an almost sterile tank to start with. as for the heater, if your going to replace it, go with 2 smaller ones. that way if one gets stuck on or off, it wont swing the temp up or down too drastically before you notice and can correct it. thats what i do on my sulawesi tank.
+1 on this. But, after doing all that work, you need to figure out why you had problems with algae to begin with, or it will just come back.
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My gravel is Aquasoil, I can't just "rinse" it.

I realize the algae comes from inconsistent CO2 and lack of ferts. But I would at least want to get the BBA loose from everything.


Apparently all of the snails are dead. Hopefully the BBA is dead too. That's like.. my main problem. No algae other than that.

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