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Is it ok to clean your aquarium with Dawn?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Newbie Forum' started by jay733, Jun 7, 2006.

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    My sis gave me her old empty aquarium and it's been gathering a lot of dust in the garage, for she's hasn't used it in 2 years. How should I clean this aquarium before I put any fish or ornaments inside? She said that I should not use dish washer soap such as Dawn, to clean it, which frankly I find hard to believe, and that I should just rinse it with water or use salt to clean it. Is this true?
     
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    Don't use ANY soaps/ detergents.
    Vinegar works good on stains/ calcium buildup. Bleach (unscented) to clean and disinfect and then plenty of rinsing and letting it air dry.
     
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    I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.....
    Hot water and elbow grease works wonders.... ;)
     
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    Debra's right. When I inherited my 55 gallon, it was a mess! Basically, I sprayed it in the yard with a garden hose for about 45 minutes, wiping the nastiest spots with paper towels, and spraying some more until it was clean.
    Take care,
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    Bleach, lots of water to rinse, and dechlorinator to get rid of any left over bleach.

    Never use soap or anything that contains a surfacant at all.

    Roan
     
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    As stated no soap. Soap leaves a film that is almost impossible to remove and it is harmful to the fish.
     
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    We use white vinegar and really hot water, then scrub well with an algae scrubber to get the stuff that doesnt just rinse right off. Then rinse real well w/more hot water. It's worked real well on all of the used tanks that we have gotten and look like they would be a headache to clean.

    Even on the used 125g tank we got, i just filled it up next to the sink, put in the vinegar and some elbow grease, then did a syphen to empty out the dirty water, then just repeated to rinse it down good. After that it looked like new.

    As all the others said, definitely not dish soap... it's not worth the risk when any of the other methods work just as good and are safer on the fish if any is left over in the tank.
     
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    Soap residue corrodes the gills causing the fish to die a painful death by suffocation. Viniger and bleach are good enough to clean even the worst fish tank.
     
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    oh ok, thanks guys for the tip :)
     
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    Oxiclean is also a safe option for cleaning tanks and equipment. Fill with hot water, stir in several cups of it to dissolve, wait about 30 minutes. Scrub any stained areas. Drain, rinse. The oxiclean rinses clean quickly, no nasty residue.
     

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