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My cat found a new litter box *cry*

I've been slowly setting up a 45 gallon show tank, so far it's just the tank, stand and some Eco complete. I haven't been able to buy anything for it yet because of financial difficulties.

Well, one of my cats decided to make it her own personal big litter box.
She didn't poop, but she did pee in it.

OH I AM SO MAD RIGHT NOW

Is there any saving of the eco? or should I dump it?
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HAHAHAHAHA oh my god, I'm sorry for your loss but that is priceless. I think it might be ok. I'm not sure though, you should ask some more. Urine has a lot of ammonia in it, which is fine because fish make ammonia too, but I don't know what else it might have in it.

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HAHAHAHAHA oh my god, I'm sorry for your loss but that is priceless. I think it might be ok. I'm not sure though, you should ask some more. Urine has a lot of ammonia in it, which is fine because fish make ammonia too, but I don't know what else it might have in it.
It is pretty funny when I look at it like that,
Thought it is frustrating. I thought about the ammonia factor too.. in fact my husband said "Wouldn't it be good for you know, starting a cycle?"
..which coming from my husband is pretty funny, because he isn't a fish person.
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Urine is technically sterile, meaning no introduction of bacteria. It's been a while since bio, but I think your main concern is inorganic salts and heavy metals. A lot of things in urine are good for plants, but high concentrations of sodium, calcium, and copper could harm fish or inverts. Depending on how big your tank is, it is probably alright. Afterall, how much could one little kitty tinkle?

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Urine is technically sterile, meaning no introduction of bacteria. It's been a while since bio, but I think your main concern is inorganic salts and heavy metals. A lot of things in urine are good for plants, but high concentrations of sodium, calcium, and copper could harm fish or inverts. Depending on how big your tank is, it is probably alright. Afterall, how much could one little kitty tinkle?
True, hopefully it only happened once, as I caught her doing it last night. I've covered up the tank now and just wondering what to do now.
I might set up some water in it and a small filtration system, see what happens.
OR what I might do is take out all of the eco and put it in a spare 10 gallon and throw a filter on to it and see what happens.. and rinse out the 45g.
Hm...
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I think it will help cycle it... It really should be ok, just do a fishless cycle
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I think it will help cycle it... It really should be ok, just do a fishless cycle
Hah awesome. I can definitely do a fishless cycle on this tank, especially since I can't afford to get any fish at the moment.
So maybe it was a "blessing" in disguise?
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I personally would rinse it a bit and let it dry back out, if for nothing else to get the smell out. It really should be just fine though

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Cats usually don't urinate a large volume. Maybe you could just remove the affected area?
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i think you should really thank your cat but discourage it from using your tank as a cat box.


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Hopefully your cat doesn't eat where it pees, so your fish will be safe









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My cat pees huge volumes.

I'd rinse it--add about 5 inches, stir, siphon out. Maybe repeat. The rest can get the cycle going. You may want to fill it and and get a filter going sooner than you planned cuz as you probably know, nothing smells worse than cat pee except old cat pee.
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cuz as you probably know, nothing smells worse than cat pee except old cat pee.
LOL...Ok, I just spit water all over my screen!

The skeptical aquarist has peed in his tanks to cycle them. Scroll down to about mid page. Then toss your kitty a biscuit.

http://www.skepticalaquarist.com/doc...fishless.shtml
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I love that fishscale, and boz thanks for the link... this has been an entertaining thread. Thanks kitty.
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Wow, wow wow wow.
I actually thought this was going to be a disaster, wow!
This is great! I'm so so relieved right now.
I'll be giving the "offending" kitty some extra greenies tonight (she loves 'em!) and doing some rinsing and making sure she doesn't get in there again >;3
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