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Question Teardown, Cleanup, Storage - Recommendations from the pros?

I have to move and put everything in storage for a few months while we move around and then get a new place; fish and plants are gone. Do folks have any recommendation for clean-up prior to storage?

I have eco-complete and soil, was thinking of trying to keep the eco-complete to use again later ... all the other equipment will be boxed.

In my mind for the equipment am thinking a good rinse, wipe and make sure it is dry. Anything special to think about with the canister filter (should I keep any of the media or just buy all new) Any other suggestions ? (Should use anything other than water, like vinegar maybe or bleach?)

Eco-complete ... just rinse and let dry?

Any other suggestions from folks who have done this before? It's my first tank and not sure ...
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Rinse and dry well and all should be good. Take the opportunity to clean your equipment and tank well. Good luck on the move.
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You can soak all the hardware that was submerged in a bleach solution. I tend to overdo it, but a couple of cups of unscented bleach should work fine for a few hours. Make sure everything is dry and store in bags. Zip-locks if possible. Give the inside of the tank a quick wipe-down with a paper towel and bleach solution or peroxide. You can squeeze out sponges in the canister really good and let it dry out too. I wouldn't re-use any other media. I would avoid storing the tank in a really hot environment which is possible this time of year.

I've never tried to store and re-use substrate, so hopefully someone else will chime in on that point.

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Thanks for that input - yea, unfortunately it's going into a storage unit ... luckily the tank was pretty cheap. One of the cheapest pieces of equipment there. Smile. I'll try a little bleach, soak, wipe down, and sun dry before packing it up.

Am curious about the substrate as well -- might not be worth the effort but eco-complete isn't super cheap.
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I wouldn't bag anything, unless you can get it completely dry first. Otherwise it might mildew or harbor some stinky microbes or something else unpleasant. Maybe throw a sheet or something over it to keep dust, etc. out of it.

As to the substrate, a few months back I tore down a tank with flourite and dirt. It was kinda a mess, but I went through several cycles of drying the substrate (a thin layer in several different buckets), and then winnowing with old tank or driftwood-soaking water. put the water in, stir the bucket up good, and pour off anything floating/suspended. A few of those seemed to remove most of the dirt (although it did leave sand and rocks/gravel from the dirt behind).

As to the media, I'd just rinse it out good and let it dry, most of that is pretty inert stuff, so I don't see why not reuse it.
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I've been re-using a Flourite mix for years. I just rinse it really well, let it dry, and keep it in a big rubbermaid with a lid.

I rinse it again really well before using it.





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Thinking this one over, I have to agree with laureleebp on the substrate. Really can't do any harm, and I have to believe "new" substrate is far from sanitary anyway.

I should've added that I would give all the hardware a bleach dip coming out of storage. While bagging it all may create a mold / mildew issue, I think it's less of a risk than from airborne or "4-legged-borne" who knows what in a storage locker. I store away powerheads, tubing, etc. in pastic tubs. I almost always have a bleach tub in the fish room and anything coming out of those tubs gets a dip and a rinse before it touches water again.

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