Cleaning tank and equipment

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  1. nudibranch

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    Hi All

    I'm taking delivery of a tank and equipment today. The setup is 6 months old and I wanted to know what I can use to clean the inside of the tank and equipment. I know soaps are bad so what can one use that is safe?

    Thanks
    Paul
     
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  3. Ridwaan

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    You can use vinegar
     
  4. nudibranch

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    Plain white vinegar?
     
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    yes, or hydrogen peroxide
     
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    Yes Paul. That is if you want to clean the calcareous algae off the glass and clean heaters and pumps.

    You can dilute the vinegar with normal tap water and then just let the items soak for a few hours.
     
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    Do not use one of those scotch sponge things with a scouring pad attached to clean the glass. It will scratch it badly. Rather use a NEW blade to scrape off the tough bits.

    Have fun and enjoy your new tank.
     
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    Thanks for the response guys
     
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    Use a razor blade style scraper for the glass, it works nicely.
     
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    Hi. I've seen blades work well but not really in a buyo tank where the glass is 'rounded'. Need advice on how to clean algae there?
     
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    elbow grease!
     
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    Tooth brush works best in my boyu :)
     
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    It’s the sane thing, I have made two tanks with a curved front and you just run the blade across not up and down and its all good.
     
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    old credit card.
    At least then you can swipe your card without bank charges :p

    Or get those cheap little magnets that have one round long side
     
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    An old credit card used in aquarium to remove algae is called plecardstomus
     
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    Ahh man, I used soap to wash the inner side of tank. I'm in the middle of my cycle now! Should I start agin?
     
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    Hussar, did you rinse out the tank after cleaning with soap!
    Your tank is in the cycle phase, so you are going to have to watch your Phosphate (PO4) levels that are associated with basically inorganic issues in your tank!
    A good Phos remover might be a good idea for going forward
    I would also just watch your Nitrites at this stage.
    A few weeks maybe a nice big water change and the inorganic waste of soap should be non existent.
    I make it common practice to rinse my hands and arms well with just water before putting my hands in my tank. You can introduce a lot if you just shove your arms in as we have all sorts of oils on our skin
     
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    You could also add activated carbon to draw out the toxins.
     
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    Ya I rinsed it out with tap water pretty thouroughly ! God I hope it's ok . I've got a filter with carbon in it so hopefully it's ok!!
     
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    Should be fine bud, don't stress now, just test once a week your Params and you should be fine, no prob
     
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    Hi everyone.

    I also got a new tank and want to completely sterilise the system before I start setting up again. I saw a Vid on YouTube by a guy called Newyorksteelo and he basically dumps 4gallons of vinegar in a tank and makes it cycle for a few days and then adds bleach. Is bleach reef safe? I mean can you get rid of it easily before you move on?

    Is it needed to remove every single spot of coroline algae from the system?
     
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