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Tank cleansing?

My planted tank recently had ick so I removed the fish into a quarantine tank and treated them with heat and ick away. The substrate still has little specks like salt so I cleaned out the tank and left the substrate in the sun. Once the tank sits dry for a while should kill all the bacteria? and should I purchase new substrate?
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dump some H2o2 over it and it should be fine.

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FYI ich is a parasite, not a bacteria.
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You Should not need to dry the substrate. This will kill a very large portion of your biofilter and you will have to cycle the tank again. It is relatively easy to remidy ich by interuptiong one of the three life stages. By raising the water temp and adding aquarium salts, you can kill the paracite while it is in its "free swimming" stage. While ich is in its egg stage, it is unaffected by medications so by thoroughly vaccuming the gravel every day for a little while, you will remove the eggs that have harbored in your gravel while also improving your water quality(better for the fish). If you have a planted tank, vaccuming will be very invasive to your substrate and potentially damage plant roots. I ran into ich shortly after i began keeping fish. The medications seemed to put a great deal of stress on the fish. After a great deal of internet research the previous method is what I landed on. It took about two or three weeks for me to feel comfortable that the ich was resolved but i have never had a problem since and I still have all the fish.
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The proper way to aviod ich in the future is to quarantine ALL new fish even without spots and dont overclean your filter. Theres lots of good stuff with the bad in there and you should use a piece of the old stuff when putting new stuff in your filter.

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I sprayed my tank down after wiping it down with h2o2, but it still smells like h2o2 after drying... what should I do?
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h2o2 is simple hydrogen peroxide, it shouldn't really have a smell......but either way, it's not super harmful to fish or plants anyway, many people use it to kill certain algaes directly in the tank, so it shouldn't be a problem to set the tank back up. Remember, h2o2 breaks down into h2o (water) and oxygen which are just fine to have in the tank


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and also, do remember that when you set the tank back up it will basically be liking setting up a new tank and you will need to do lots of water changes and keep an eye on the parameters (ammonia, nitrIte, nitrAte especially, and pH is always a good thing to keep an eye on too) until the tank cycles again


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you went above and beyond. you should definately be all set now. h202 as was mentioned breaks down into water. i use it in my tank here and there and spray my plants with it sometimes too.

setup your tank and enjoy it. and next time ask us first and save yourself the headache
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you went above and beyond.........and next time ask us first and save yourself the headache
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If you can get your hands on some floss or something from an already cycled tank to put in your filter itll help buches time wise

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Thanks everyone! I really should of asked first... I have a 10 gallon that I can take some filter floss from but I guess I just run it for 2 weeks then add like a betta or gourami just to get some waste going. That a good idea?
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I guess I just run it for 2 weeks then add like a betta or gourami just to get some waste going. That a good idea?
Not quite, use the search feature to read up on cycling / the cycle / tank cycling and other related key words. And PLEASE do this before you put fish back in the tank to avoid unnecessary stress to them.

Just running a tank with no fish won't cycle it, you need an ammonia source. Most people on here prefer the use of like a frozen shrimp or other non-living ammonia source. I am personally a fan of the "silent cycle" where you heavily plant the tank with fast growing stems and then begin stocking the tank slowly while keeping an eye on your ammonia / nitrIte / nitrAte (nitrogen cycle) levels. The stem plants grow quite quickly and help absorb the ammonia etc, but a truly perfect silent cycle is hard to manage so you still have to watch the nitrogen cycle and will need to do water changes because high ammonia and nitrIte levels are very stressful to fish.

Also, unless the Betta or Gourami is the fish you intend to keep in that tank, I don't recommend getting one.


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