Cleaning new tank

  • Get the NEW AquariaCentral iOS app --> http://itunes.apple.com/app/id1227181058 // Android version will be out soon!

Tillema 1

AC Members
Aug 17, 2021
5
1
1
52
So my aquarium arrived yesterday. It was filthy. What can I use to get it clean. I was thinking dawn and water with a good rinse. I don't want to use something bad.
Also once I get my rocks in how long should I cycle? Pet store said a week. It's 40 gallons
 
Apr 2, 2002
2,983
499
92
New York
Do not use soap inside a tank. Depending on what is making it filthy you can use a few things. The best things are those that evaporate. This would include chlorine and ammonia. For calcium type build up a mild acid works well. Vinegar will work but smalls awful. Real acid you need to be very careful using. I have muriatic acid I use for both a swimming pool and some tank stuff. I do not suggest folks with no experience with using acids to try this. Most need to be diluted and if you mess up there is danger both to you and the tank.

I used Oxyclean on a used 150. But I have lots of pumps and hoses which made the job of a thorough rinsing easy. I do summer tanks outside on a screened terrace. They winter out there. In the spring I have to clean them and I take them outside and use a garden hose and a rough pad. I get them very clean. But I also have a small hand cart to move them around and help getting them onto or off the stands.

Without any help from seeding bacteria, it takes 5 - 6 weeks to cycle a tank if you do it right. I would strongly urge you to do a fishless cycle rather than trying to do it with fish. The odds are that you will harm or kill them. A fishless cyle will also let you fully stock the tank right away. Doing a cycle with fish means many months to reach full stocking.

Finally, live plants help a lot with the cycle. Plants use ammonia faster than the bacteria. Also, the plants normally arrive with bacteria on them.

Hint: Most pet store employees have no clue. Pet stores pay very poorly and unless you are lucky enough to find an employee who took the job because the are a fish nut, you will often get bad information.
 
  • Like
Reactions: FreshyFresh

Tillema 1

AC Members
Aug 17, 2021
5
1
1
52
Thanks.
I had fish when I was a kid but I love them and finally got an office space big enough for the tank I wanted. It's a brand new tank but it had been sitting with mostly cobwebs making it dirty.
I am a mason by trade and have a lot of muratic but I don't want to use it wrong. I also have some granit boulders I'm planning to use (I will test them first to be sure).
I'm hoping to get a lot of help here 🙏 so far everyone has helped me without making me feel stupid. Lol
 
  • Like
Reactions: FreshyFresh

fishorama

AC Members
Jun 28, 2006
11,438
1,812
200
SF Bay area, CA
There's a "sticky" at the top of this forum that explains cycling. I prefer to use ammonia (the non-sudsing or scented kind). No fish are hurt that way as TTA said, it takes a while. & you'll need to test kit to see what's going on.

For light cleaning I use vinegar & a plastic scrubby if needed. Rinse well & let dry. If it's just dust & cobwebs plain water will usually work.
 
zoomed.com
hikariusa.com
aqaimports.com
Store