Second hand Aquarium?

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  1. adriaand

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    Hi guys

    I got a 4ft aquarium for free...When i picked it up from the plot
    it has been left outside for about 3-4 years.
    And to make matters worse it was used as a dustbin.

    I cannot describe the smell....

    After cleaning it with sunlight liquid (i know its not the right cleaning but it was all i could find that worked) there is still a greasy white substance on the back on the inside of the tank.I tried scraping it with a scraper but it just smudges it.[​IMG]

    It cant be silicon cos the scraper worked fine to take most of the silicon off the tank for me to reseal.

    The tank did not leak but there was a few loose pieces of silicon and i decided to reseal the tank.

    I dont know what chemical to use to clean or how to get it off.

    If i use chemicals...How many times must i rinse the tank?

    What will work guys?

    Ek se sommer nou al dankie vir die hulp.
     
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  3. keyaam

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    Im not sure about chemicals but I know that vinegar is safe to use. But wait for the gurus
     
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    Vinnegar?
     
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    Aah keyaam too quick for me ;)
     
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    adriaand Thread Starter

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    Damn all of you are quick.Thanx guys.
     
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    We probably post at the same time but white vinegar should get it clean and alot of rinsing and elbow grease
     
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    adriaand Thread Starter

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    And where can i get that grease?
    LOL

    I've done that today with a scraper and like i said.Smudges!
     
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    What scraper do you use?
    If it doesn't have one, use a Stanley knife blade and scrape it off ;)
     
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    adriaand Thread Starter

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    I work in a building supplies centre so i got a stanley scraper with the stanley blade in it.Like i said i got most of the silicon off but on the inside of the tank at the back its a greasy substance.

    Got the smell out...Nearly puked saterday when i cleaned the thing out.
     
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    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    Empty your wallet and fill it with vinegar and put a powerhead inside to circulate for a month :lol:
     
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    thats an idea tobes, maybe reseal and then use a diluted solution. but strong?
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    just make sure that you rinse it well after all the chems, and then rinse some more :p
     
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    You could try a bit of diluted pool acid. But be careful and wear gloves.
     
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    adriaand Thread Starter

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    I tried vinegar and nothing.
    Got so frustrated that i used handy andy.
    Going to try diluted pool acid coz i am really close to giving up.
     
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    Adriaan - I really hope you did not use handy andy.

    Try and buy a big container vinegar and a big container lemon juice, at Makro..... Then use this undiluted in washing the tank out...... This will work. Promise!
     
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    I did Jacques.

    Ek was regtig gatvol.
    It is a greasy white substance and when i scrape it then it only smudges.

    Ok ill try that.Thanx

    How many times and with what do i rinse the tank with.

    Im only going to stock the tank after March/April so i didnt think that handy andy would've been a problem coz the tank was going to stand a long time before i use it.

    Please be patient with me but i was so "moedeloos" that no cleaning agent wanted to work.
     
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    Adriaan - you can 1st use some clean sand to rub the glass down with..... then use the vinegar/lemon juice with..... Afterwards, some clean sand again, then some fresh water....
     
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    Thanx you guys rock!!!!:yeahdude:
     
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    U can use iso-propyl alcohol, its residue free and evapourates instantly, soak a rag in it and leave the rag over the area for 2min then wipe off not rub, or use methylated spirits filted thru white bread to remove the dye and use that to soak a rag and wipe stuff off
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    Surgical spirits can also work, these are human safe in relative terms, try stick to the alcohols as the are very volatile
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