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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Disinfecting a tank?

I had a 55 gallon planted tank that got a bad case of black beard algae and i decided to drain it and just do a cichlid tank.
So my question is now that i have all the sand/flourite out of the tank how should i disinfect it so it wont come back in my cichlid tank?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-25-2012, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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i have been reading that bleach is the best solution
Should i just do 1:10 bleach/water ratio in a spray bottle and spray down the tank and wipe it out with a clothe?
Then rinse repeatidly?

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Bleach. Rinse well. Use dechlore.

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I just pour however much bleach I want to use in the tank, scrub and rinse. The ratio doesn't matter when in the end its going to be rinsed clean.
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There are many schools of thought on disinfection. I go with the methods the government agencies use for cleaning drinking water. That is a bleach soak lasting long enough to get through any hard shells involved. Things like snails and their eggs? On tanks, I fill them, add a 1/2 to a cup of bleach and let it set at least overnight. The best bleach is the really cheap stuff without the scent like lemon, etc. i put anything else that I want to disinfect like hard filter items in the tank or let them run the bleach water through them. To get the chlorine out, drain and refill. That dilutes the bleach big time and then as you refill and add dechlor as normal, the rest is taken care of. A second way is to empty the tank and let it all dry. Chlorine is a gas which blows away as it dries.
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