How to clean (sanitize) tank

jvswan

Member
Not sure which discussion group this question should be in, but I just purchased a tank that has been used as a litter box by one or more cats. It is a 120 gallon custom aquarium. Wondering what’s the best way to clean/sanitize the tank?  Will bleach damage the silicone?  Not sure if vinegar and water will do the trick...  suggestions?
 

jenkinscrew

Active member
If it were me, I would start out with soap and water and then do a water/vinegar wash and the a final good rinse.
 

jvswan

Member
Posted by: Chris If it were me said:
Well, I’ve always avoided using detergents in fish tanks. I don’t even use sponges or rags that have been used with soaps or detergents. For some reason chlorine bleach seems better because I know that a 10%-20% solution of bleach and water can be removed with rinses and water conditioner. However, I’ve never had to clean a tank this gnarly before...
 

jenkinscrew

Active member
That's how I cleaned my tank before I set it up, just made sure it was rinsed very well and dried out.Not sure if the bleach would hurt anything, I doubt it, hopefully others will chime in with their experience.Good luck with the cleaning! :)
 

Heath

Active member
Using vinegar or diluted bleach isn't going to hurt anything. Magic erasers are good for stubborn spots on the glass
 

segooey

Member
It is also important to let the tank dry thoroughly for 24 hours after the bleach - that will ensure any leftover residue is rendered inert.
 

Daltonn

New member
Cleaning the fish tank does not need to remove all the fish. I am talking about maintenance where cleaning is done on a regular basis, such as weekly, bi-weekly, or every two weeks, depending on your schedule. The key is you should never shock the entire ecosystem inside the fish tank. So, if you remove the fish, it means you are shocking the system. We can leave the fish inside the tank but still do our regular cleaning procedure.
 
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