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Unhappy Someone spilled beer in my tank.

Thankfully it was a hospital tank I was setting up, so there were no fish, or even equipment, just the 10g it's self.

But, I didn't get to find out it happened, until a very foul oder sent me on the hunt of "wtf is that SMELL!?".

Then I looked under one of my tanks that I had a faux-satin table cloth over, and lo-and-behold, a guinness bottle floating in the water-only tank. I doubt much got into it, as the water wasn't discolored much at all, but very slimy, and extremly stinky, as one would expect from the beer fermenting in it..

It may not have been a lot of beer, but enough be like wtfstink.

I'm not sure WHY someone would put their practicly empty bottle in my hospital tank, which is hidden UNDER another tank.. But hey, drunks do weird things.

I don't even know why they were in my bedroom .. But whatever.

The main question is:

Right now it's soaking in hot water. Over. And over. And over.

Should I just throw it out and pick up a new 10g? Or can I save this?

I'm afraid of the chemicals and whatever the hell else they made in my 10g from it sitting there for at least a week before I noticed the smell, won't ever wash away and could harm my shrimp.

Btw I was planning on turning that hospital tank into a shrimp tank.. And I know shrimp are super sensitive.

So, Should I trash it? Or keep rinse and scrubbing?
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I'd soak it a bit more. Empty it, see if it still stinks.

Has the hospital tank ever have copper in it?
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I'd use a lot of white vinegar, that should cut through any sugars left behind. Or bleach.





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I'd soak it a bit more. Empty it, see if it still stinks.

Has the hospital tank ever have copper in it?
I plan on soaking and scrubbing several times.

Copper? I can't find the bottle right now, but it has had some quick cure in it a few months ago, which I think MIGHT contain a weee bit of copper, I'm not sure.

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I'd use a lot of white vinegar, that should cut through any sugars left behind. Or bleach.
Thanks, i'll try that.


Just want it to be safe for shrimp, so I might just buy a whole new 10g just to be on the safe side.. Not sure yet.
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I plan on soaking and scrubbing several times.

Copper? I can't find the bottle right now, but it has had some quick cure in it a few months ago, which I think MIGHT contain a weee bit of copper, I'm not sure.

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Thanks, i'll try that.


Just want it to be safe for shrimp, so I might just buy a whole new 10g just to be on the safe side.. Not sure yet.

Shrimp + copper = no-no.

Get a new tank if there's been copper used in this current one.
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Shrimp + copper = no-no.

Get a new tank if there's been copper used in this current one.


Even if it was so long ago? Yeesh I didn't think it would matter with all the hot water scrubs!

Thanks for that, Or I probably would have doomed some shrimpies :[.


The insainly tiny amount of copper in ferts[ 0.00001%] Is okay for them though, right?

I doubt i'd really be doseing much at all, maybe a half-dose per WC since i'm going low-light, but just to be on teh safe side I heard it was okay to dose liquid ferts with that small amount of copper, but hear-say can cost lives ;[ .
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Even if it was so long ago? Yeesh I didn't think it would matter with all the hot water scrubs!

Thanks for that, Or I probably would have doomed some shrimpies :[.


The insainly tiny amount of copper in ferts[ 0.00001%] Is okay for them though, right?

I doubt i'd really be doseing much at all, maybe a half-dose per WC since i'm going low-light, but just to be on teh safe side I heard it was okay to dose liquid ferts with that small amount of copper, but hear-say can cost lives ;[ .
In those medications, copper content is usually higher. ie: Had-a-Snail and things like that.

The bad thing about copper is that it seeps into the plastic and silicone in your tank. It'll "soak" into the silicone seams, into your filters, etc, etc...

Reefers won't use a tank that had copper in it for corals and inverts, they only use them for fish-only tanks.

FW shrimp and snails are still sensitive so I wouldn't risk it...your tank is only $20, 30, 40...whatever. Your shrimp stock is worth much more than that.
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I agree, time for a new tank.

Good news is that the tank itself is usually the cheapest part of this hobby! LOL





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I agree, time for a new tank.

Good news is that the tank itself is usually the cheapest part of this hobby! LOL

Is that good news? Hahah.

10g tanks at Wal-Mart = $9.97. I know, I got 12 for a shrimp rack. sigh.
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Lol =P.

Yeah I have no problem buying a new 10g, only like 10$ in walmart, plus my boyfriend's discount >;D.

I still have my old hood and lights, so I'm not too concerned with it. I'll just scrub this tank down and re-set it up as a hospital tank again. No harm no foul!
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If I were you I would put a stop to drunks in my home that had access to my personal belongings, my room, and my tanks!
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i would honestly not waste my money.... clean it out with vinegar, then let it dry... wait a few days... clean it out with vinegar, let it dry....fill it up with water and water conditioner then use it again. honestly id be more afraid of whats already touched the inside of a 10 g tank from wall mart before washing it. This same situation with beer happened to my 20g long tank... lost a rubber nose pleco and that was all. i didn't even worry about emptying it out completely, i just did huge water changes and it was fine
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it's just beer... it will decompose just like nothing ever happened. wash out the tank. set it up... let it run.


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i don't think the shrimp will mind, I'm pretty sure they like beer too.
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