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My little Fluval Flora (Desk Tank) had a rough summer with lack of attention and has become over taken by hair algae. I want to break the tank down and start over but seeking advise so I don't start off with an already contaminated again.

a) What is the best method of cleaning the tank to make sure it's free of algae?

b) What is the best method of cleaning the driftwood and ornamental rock? Can I scrub and then steam in a old lobster pot?

Any help would be appreciated.
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I was going to suggest blech, but if you can boil them then do that, it'll nuke damn near everything.
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ornamental rock - bleach will do the job.
driftwood - boil it for some time.

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is bleach safe for the tank providing it's rinsed good?
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Rinse it good and use dechlorinator. I forget the dosage, but you go pretty heavy with the prime after bleaching (if I remember correctly).


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forgot to mention, that you do not need to use pure bleach. regular bleach dissolved 1:10 or 1:8 will be strong enough. For dipping plants you need of course much mode dilution.
then yes, rinse very well, let it dry for 24 hours or so, and then rinse again with double or even triple dose of dechlorinator. key point - rinse well.

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Definitely don't forget the super dechlorinator! I also believe bleach evaporates over night? I'd say let it sit for a couple days just to be safe. I realize 24 hours is probably good, but being a little extra safe wouldn't hurt.


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You could use the 1-2 punch method as described in the algae sub-section in this forum. It might be the solution you are looking for if you are nuking your tank.

For hardscape, I periodically take mine out and hit it with glut (I I dilute gluteride with water 40/60), let it sit for a half hour, rise well and return it to the tank.

Both methods kill the algae, but do not remove it. Once algae is dead, amano shrimp tear it up. So if you were thinking about getting a couple for this tank anyway (which by the sounds of it, might be a good idea), then these methods could be the way to go for you.
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