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Used Tank (Turtles)

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Hi, I'm about to get a 55 gallon tank that has had a turtle in it. As far as I know, it doesn't leak. It's filled halfway for the turtle. I have two questions: If it doesn't leak halfway, should I still test for leaks at 100%? And second, since turtles are messy, and I saw a nice chunk of algae in the tank, what steps should I take in cleaning the tank to reduce possible algae contamination?
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absolutely test for leaks, 100% fill for at least 24 hours.

As for the cleaning, I always give mine a powerwash first, then a complete dry, let sundry, and if deemed neccesary, another powerwash and air dry. Always works well, and never have had any algae/bacteria issues afterwards.
Of course you know not to use ANY kind of soap/cleaner/detergent except perhaps bleach (please correct me if I'm wrong). But if you use bleach you clean very well until the smell is gone (again correct me if I'm wrong).
Yeah I used bleach once, yet it was on a 10 gallon tank, and I did flushed the tank out for about 20 minutes straight before letting it dry and doing it again.

I had no ill side effects from doing this.
Thanks for the input. Also, what is the best way to polish the glass to get the best viewing possible? I can't afford starfire glass or anything, so this will have to do (even this was expensive for me).
I have done 50/50 vinegar and water, just make sure you cycle your tank good before adding other items, and everything has always been great.

distilled white vinegar.
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