Disinfecting Equipment

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  1. FransSny

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    Would just like to have some opinions, with a lot of different tanks (like I have) obviously nets , scrapers etc gets swapped around. I use a light bleach solution to disinfect equipment after working in a tank with desease. How does other guys do it ?
     
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  3. lIghty

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    if used in salt water systems then just use fresh water with a bit of jik.
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  4. maj

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    if the equipment is removed from the infected tank,and not in water for about hour or 2,will the disease still be "alive" on the equipment?
     
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    I would say yes.
     
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    Yes Maj, some bacteria can withstand being dried out and then come back to life once placed in water again. Depending on the species some can remain dormant for a very long time. The same is true for viruses and fungi, so leaving it to dry will not be sufficient to disinfect equipment.
    The theory that simply washing in freshwater will kill marine organisms is also not true, as the nasty stuff has a bad habit of being able to tolerate a host of different environments.
    Mild bleach solution wil work. You could also use that stuff that you get to sterilise babies bottles.
     
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    I bleach every net, cup, brine hatchery, tubing, dish, turkey baster, and everything else that comes in contact with my tanks or brine. It seems like an over kill but when you've experienced hundreds of horses being infected by a bacterial infection that takes over several tanks it's worth it.
     
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    good to know this,luckily i only have 1 tank to worry about;)
     
  9. Yuri

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    i use vinegar
     
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    vinegar & bleach is what I use
     
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    I have different equipment for each tank to make sure I do not spread anything I don't know about.
     
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    I put them in a solution of Vinegar and "raw" bicarbonate of soda. It makes bubbles like "ENO" and "cook" everything off the utensils
     
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    Or you can sprinkle Bicarb over the scrapers etc, then pour vinegar over- and see how it "cooks"the dirt off;)
     
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    LOL Sean! You know.... some newbies will actually TRY THAT!

    (and as the warning goes: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME - THIS IS FOR PROFESSIONALS ONLY!) ;)
     
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