Cleaning an empty tank

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  1. Fishy Steve

    Fishy Steve Hiden super user

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    I have a tank I'm wanting to sell but I wanna give it a good cleaning first. It has a load of coralline algae on the back and sides. How do I get it off without scratching the tank? Is there something I can use to make it come off easy? Don't just wanna just scrape it off with a razor blade and mess the tank up.

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    Use clear vinegar and water mix 50-50
     
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    I've heard a vinegar soloution works well and a blade to scrap the algae off...
     
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    Sweet. Will give it a try. Thanks guys.
     
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    Vinegar would be your best bet just make sure you wash it out after been used;)
     
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    Dont mess around with vinegar put some pool acid
     
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    Wow didn't know you could use pool acid, doesn't it eat the silicone?
     
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    No it won't. Just use a little bit. I once cleaned out a kalk stirrer caked with calcium in about a minute with acid. The stuff just peeled off. Fill the tank up with water and add a little bit to drop the p.H to about 5 and leave it for a few hours then add more as the calcium will raise the p.H. I also used to use pool acid to drop the p.H in my discus tanks
     
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    Pool acid! That sounds a bit dodgy. Whats wrong with vinegar?
     
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    Geesh Tony!! That's an interesting theory! I will give it a bash next time I need to clean anything!!
     
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    Nothing, I just hate the wait when I clean things.
     
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    Same here!!
     
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    vinegar or pool acid as said the one is more agressive than the other.. either dab on with a cloth or allow to be immersed. wait a few minutes and tackle tough residue with a blade scraper.. gently of course.. good luck.. PS: its admirable of you to clean the tank prior to selling most would just leave it to the new unsuspecting victim.. good on you.
     
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    Thanks Les, coralline looks awesome covering a tank when its full. When its empty it looks horrible. I must say that its not an entirely selfless act though. Feel the tank would rake in more cash clean when i sell it.
     
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    Just so everyone knows there will b a clean 76x45x40 aqua h2o tank for sale soon. That has never been medicated and has only one tiny scratch on the front glass. Will start a for sale thread as soon as its clean. Cheers
     
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