A friend of mine gave me her 20 gallon tank along with filter and decor she had in it. It's covered in white stuff which I'm assuming is hard water. How do I properly clean it all so I can use it? Thanks!!!
Does the tank have water in it at the moment?A friend of mine gave me her 20 gallon tank along with filter and decor she had in it. It's covered in white stuff which I'm assuming is hard water. How do I properly clean it all so I can use it? Thanks!!!
Nope. Been empty for a bit.
I would soak the decor/ornaments in warm water (I would probably dechlorinate it, just as an extra precaution) (as you probably know - NO soap, detergents, etc.) A new toothbrush is good for scrubbing!
If it was given to you with gravel, I would suggest buying new gravel for your tank (just my personal preference), and if you can't, make sure you rinse it thoroughly with warm water. Same for your filter. You shouldn't need to replace any of the filter media as long as it isn't falling to bits...
Warm water is always my solution, but I've heard that you can use a 95% water 5% bleach or vinegar solution for your ornaments, though everything will have to soak in warm water again and sit outside for a while to ensure that all the nasties have evaporated. I've also heard that you can clean out an old aquarium using bleach, but I am not too familiar with all these kind of solutions, because, as I said, I use warm water...
There are some websites that could help you with this, or maybe someone on the forum has some ideas?
Having a new aquarium is such an awesome blank canvas! Enjoy!
Plain original magic eraser
Some of us do use magic erasers to clean the inside of our tanks. I actually use one each week as I am doing my water change. Works well for me and has caused no harm to my fish. Just be sure it is the original magic eraser. Avoid the new and improved with cleaning solutions added to them. I just buy the generic brand. The diluted vinegar is a great suggestion though.I wouldn’t use a magic eraser, they can leech chemicals that aren’t natural into the water later. I’d just stick to a 1:4 dillution of white vinegar and then add some salt to cut through the hard water stains. This solution can then be rinsed off with warm water and even if some trace elements are left they won’t harm your fish. It might just take an extra few water changes at first to balance the pH.
I recommend a 5% vinegar 95% water solution. Soak it overnight, rinse it out, leave it to dry.Will plain warm water take off all the gross white stuff that I assume is hard water?! My husband and I were trying to figure out if we can use vinegar and rinse it super well.
Awesome! Hopefully it clears the tankThank you to everybody for your suggestions. It's currently soaking in the tub with some water and vinegar. Fingers crossed. I'm thinking of tossing the filter and buying a new one. It's SUPER gross.
I agree about getting a new filter. It doesn't look like it's in such great shape...
That'll be an awesome tank for the little guy! (or girl )I'm thinking of getting a betta for the tank. I've read that a sponge filter is better so I won't need this filter then.
Be sure to turn on your exhaust fan while you use vinegar or amonia, neither is super good for you in any real concentration.
I quickly opened the door when I realized I had shut it.Yeah no, you want to open a window in the bathroom and or put the fan on,