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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-20-2013, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Tank cleaning

Hi All,

My 55gal needs to be redone and the dirft wood needs to be cleaned.

What is the best way to remove algie from the wood? In the old days I would use bleach be I don't think that is the way to go.

Thanks for anyone's help.

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hydrogen peroxide straight from the bottle (3% active) works great along with an old tooth brush...that's just one way of course
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Hi,

That's what I was thinking. How long do you think you need to soak the wood to remove the peroxide.
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Not as long as you would think, as peroxide is a highly unstable compound that breaks down very quickly. However, to be on the safe side I would reccomend soaking it for at least a couple of days, in warm water if at all possible. Its more or less harmless to fish, but its deadly to inverts in my experience.

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Rinsing the peroxide in tap water should be enough to deactivate it. If you're really paranoid you could use baking soda (about 3 tbsp in 5 gal H2O) and immerse the wood. Or you could use sodium thiosulfate (1 tbsp per 5 gal), or potassium permanganate which would stain the wood brown.
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Nerites do a fine job cleaning my drift wood.

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