New Used Tank

Franny & Gary

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l bought a used 50 gallon tank it was still up and running they said it’s been running for about a year with no fish. The fish died about a year ago from ick my question is the ick still alive ? The tank came with everything I think I washed it pretty good with hot water and vinager would appreciate any feedback thanks Fran
 

CanadianFishFan

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I always wash everything with hot water when I buy fish stuff from others. The ick can't live without a fish to feed it. But you washed it anyway so its gone
 
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Franny & Gary

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Thank you going to start setting it up now
 

Mcasella

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Ich cannot survive without a host, this is why it takes two weeks for most meds to work on them as they work through their lifecycle (the cysts on the fish are unaffected, it is the free swimming part of the life cycle of ich that is targeted by the meds and heat speeds up the life cycle).
Clean it out and up then set it up and do a fishless cycle (unless you are impatient then get some bacteria to help establish a cycle with fish).
 
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Franny & Gary

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Mcasella said:
Ich cannot survive without a host, this is why it takes two weeks for most meds to work on them as they work through their lifecycle (the cysts on the fish are unaffected, it is the free swimming part of the life cycle of ich that is targeted by the meds and heat speeds up the life cycle).
Clean it out and up then set it up and do a fishless cycle (unless you are impatient then get some bacteria to help establish a cycle with fish).
Thank you for the detailed info I learn something new everyday I’ve come along way since joining this forum I really appreciate you and the other very knowledgeable people on here. My tank is set up and goingI am doing a fish less cycle just feeding the tank fish food everyday like I did with my first a little patience and worked out great thanks again
 

jack22

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I've restarted a tank after long storage by washing it with a 1:10 bleach:water solution.
 

CanadianFishFan

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jack22 said:
I've restarted a tank after long storage by washing it with a 1:10 bleach:water solution.
Ive only done that once, but I don't like the way it makes me feel about useing bleach even though I rinsed it out with hot water at least 12 times
 

jack22

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CanadianFishFan said:
Ive only done that once, but I don't like the way it makes me feel about useing bleach even though I rinsed it out with hot water at least 12 times
Well, it does do a good job of disinfecting the tank. Bleach also doesn't leave residue; it breaks down into salt, water, and O2.
 
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