New tank and needs to be cleaned

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New tank and needs to be cleaned

Post by SylysJ » Fri May 04, 2018 1:13 pm

So I was given a 60gal tank and wanted to know the safest way to clean it. And if I use Bleach or something will it wash out completely Image

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Re: New tank and needs to be cleaned

Post by wodesorel » Fri May 04, 2018 1:36 pm

Ugh, not fun.

I use either bleach or ammonia (never mix them!) on bad tanks. I found ammonia works better if you can handle the smell. Rinsing completely will leave them crab safe.

You may want to scrape it down with a razor blade and water first. Don't scrub the dirty glass, it will make any scratches that much worse!

Edit: are you sure 60? Looks like a 75.
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Re: New tank and needs to be cleaned

Post by SylysJ » Fri May 04, 2018 1:38 pm

The guy who gave it to me told me a 60. Is there a way to really find out

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Post by wodesorel » Fri May 04, 2018 1:39 pm

Take measurements! They're all standard sizes
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Re: New tank and needs to be cleaned

Post by piratetoothgir » Fri May 04, 2018 4:09 pm

I recommend ammonia, the smell is a bit musty, just don't breathe it heavily!
I can personally handle the smell, I spilled some in my room, and had to sleep through the odors.
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Re: New tank and needs to be cleaned

Post by SylysJ » Fri May 04, 2018 5:56 pm

Would CLR be ok not everything came out. Image

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Re: New tank and needs to be cleaned

Post by SylysJ » Fri May 04, 2018 6:09 pm

And it's a 60 just a little taller by 2 inches but pretty close

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Re: New tank and needs to be cleaned

Post by wodesorel » Fri May 04, 2018 6:48 pm

I have tried CLR before. It does need rinsed very well and washed with soap after. If a razor blade doesn't touch it though the CLR may not do much. The glass is often pitted at that point and nothing will fix it.
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Re: New tank and needs to be cleaned

Post by SylysJ » Fri May 04, 2018 7:16 pm

Cool thank you! I cant wait to get this tank set up. I have a 10gal with 2 crabs and an Iso tank with a crab that lost most its legs in January and is ready to be put back in with the others.

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Re: New tank and needs to be cleaned

Post by GotButterflies » Sun May 06, 2018 10:49 am

I have found that a fresh lemon cut in half does wonders!! AussieJJDude recommended that to someone once - and since then, I use that for aquariums that I have found. Scrub it with the lemon. It's crazy - the natural acidity in the lemon cuts through those hard water stains! :) Good luck!
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Re: New tank and needs to be cleaned

Post by SylysJ » Mon May 07, 2018 12:39 am

So I tried lemon, a razor blade, and CLR nothing worked. Oh well with the substrate being at least 8" it will come up to the calcium line.

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Re: New tank and needs to be cleaned

Post by aussieJJDude » Mon May 07, 2018 3:16 am

GotButterflies wrote:I have found that a fresh lemon cut in half does wonders!! AussieJJDude recommended that to someone once - and since then, I use that for aquariums that I have found. Scrub it with the lemon. It's crazy - the natural acidity in the lemon cuts through those hard water stains! :) Good luck!
Plus that fresh lemony smell! Beats bleach anyday IMO! ;)

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Re: New tank and needs to be cleaned

Post by piratetoothgir » Mon May 07, 2018 6:35 am

GotButterflies wrote:I have found that a fresh lemon cut in half does wonders!! AussieJJDude recommended that to someone once - and since then, I use that for aquariums that I have found. Scrub it with the lemon. It's crazy - the natural acidity in the lemon cuts through those hard water stains! :) Good luck!
Yes! I was just about to think about that :)
Lemons are good for cleaning out your sinks. Whenever we use lemons or oranges, we throw the pulp and peel down the drain, and run the disposal. Gives it a really strong citrus smell! :)
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Re: New tank and needs to be cleaned

Post by wodesorel » Mon May 07, 2018 5:53 pm

aussieJJDude wrote:lus that fresh lemony smell! Beats bleach anyday IMO! ;)

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I dunno, I kind of like the fact that ammonia will burn off all those pesky nose hairs. ImageImageImage
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Re: New tank and needs to be cleaned

Post by LadyJinglyJones » Tue May 08, 2018 10:12 pm

I used the half lemon on the calcium scale in my 90 & was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked (though the glass wasn't at all pitted, so I can't say if it would do the trick in that instance.)
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