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I have a 20gal and a 10gal that currently have my girlfriend's mice in them, but we're getting rid of the little rodents very soon, and I really would like to use them for fish/plants again. However, I was once told that you can't do that after mice have lived in there. Is that true? Is there any way to disinfect it properly, like bleach? Thanks so much for the help,

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I have used tanks that have had turtles & snakes in them for fish tanks with no problems. Some will say not too, but as long as the tank is cleaned properly it will do fine. To clean the tank add about three inches of water then add a couple splashes of bleach then dip a rag/sponge in the mix and wipe the inside & outside of the tank off. You may want to repeat this if needed. Make sure to rinse the tank very very well after the cleaning.

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Awesome! I guess even if it doesn't work, plants-only would be fine. I'm just so glad to know I can get my tanks back and save a lot of cash! Cheers.
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the 90 gal. that I have has house everything from retiles and frogs to soft coral and ive never had any problems. when I break the tank down I use very hot water and a wash rag. I will rinse the tank out a few times with really hot water then dry the tank out and start over by just adding hot water, I then add my rock and water let it sit a day or two, then Ill add a few guppies or cheap fish to cycle it

also Ive never used bleach, kinda been scared to add something like that.
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To my understanding, bleach is basically just chlorine (lots of it)... I could easily be wrong though. So ya, if reptiles cause no problems, rodents shouldn't either I imagine. They both have bacteria and stuff like that.

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liquid bleach is sodium hypochlorite in a water-based solution. Sodium hypochlorite is one of those rare products in which most of it comes from a single compound–in this case salt water–and then after use reverts back to that same compound. Sodium hypochlorite is manufactured by mixing chlorine with sodium hydroxide and water.

sounds scary huh,
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Ah... Thanks for enlightening me. Ya it sounds scary indeed, but I've heard of many using it without problems, but then again, I'm starting to hear of people that never needed it! hehe...

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Rinse out the tank really well
fill with water and a cup or two (maybe more?) of bleach
let soak for several hours or overnight
dump out water
rinse with regular water really well again several times
fill with regular water
add some dechlorinator
let soak for several hours or overnight
dump water out
let tank sit in the sun for a few hours

I've done this numerous times to fish tanks (don't know if they had mice in them though), always works.
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I filled my 20gal(tall) with about 2" of water, put a few splashes of bleach in, rubbed it all over the surfaces, then rinsed about 10 times. Do I need to do more to make sure the bleach is out, or will dechlorinator during cycling work fine? (I'm lazy )

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The dechlorinator will take care of any left over residue if there is any.

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Ya I tend to agree, but I'm not an expert, so I had to ask
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Never hurts to ask, only hurts not too. :mrgreen:

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I totally agree... many times I've gotten burned from not asking before I take action.

By the way, I snagged a 20 gallon TALL, with canopy, for $30cdn at the thrift store! (compare at $60 for new, withOUT canopy)
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This post reminded me of a potentially very dangerous situations that can develope. Besides the few of us who use bleach as a disinfectant, alot of use vinegar to clean glass and lime build up on the aquarium. Vinegar is an acid and bleach is a strong base. If the two ever come into contact, one of the products is Cl2, clorine gas. Yikes! It can kill you. Make sure to take extra precautions when using both these chemicals. Make sure to rinse as much of the vinegar or bleach out before using the other.
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I've heard the same about amonia and bleech; creates a deadly gas, probably chlorine as well. And no kidding it'll kill, it's used as chemical war-fare :!:

Thanks for the heads up!

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