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Anyone with experience converting small marine tank to a Neo tank?

I have a gallon tank that housed a marine hermit crab until he outgrew it. I want to keep some easy Neos in it--snowballs or blue pearls or black rose.

There is no calcium build up in the tank, just some sand that is stuck between the caulking and glass.

Will a good water and toothbrush scrub be safe enough to then plant and cycle for a Neo tank?

I have read that any salt at all will kill them and I am just dubious that something that was at 1.025 spg for over a year will be fine with a good scrub down.

Anyone with experience doing this? I searched for a thread and could not find one on this particular question.
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Pretty much every shrimp tank I have was a marine tank before I got out of that side of the hobby. My biggest issue was getting coraline algae off of the glass, but even having left some visible spots of it, the tanks are doing fine with shrimp and plants now. Just give it a good scrubbing and rinse and it will be ready to start over.

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I used similar techniques to clean a formal marine tank, but I also ran CO2 at a really high level while the tank just had water and vinegar for a few days. It seemed to help, since I was able to just wipe down the interior and not scrape.

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