Salt To Fresh Tank

MarvinTheBetta
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Alright. I don’t know if I’m in the right thread or not but I have a 75 gallon saltwater tank with a canister filter and I want to change it to a freshwater tank due to maintenance. I have heard about scrubbing the tank with water but how do I clean the filter and tubes leading to and from it? The filter is fairly new so I don’t want to buy a new one. Any ideas?
 
e_watson09
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Clean everything by running clean fresh water through it and start fresh with new media
 
MomeWrath
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If you have salt creep or calcium buildup you can get it off with white vinegar. I just did this in January for the same reason. My best advice - don't. LOL. Now I'm starting up planted tank and still dosing stuff and spent a pile on lights. You will never be happy with gravel and plastic after having a reef tank. It's just a different obsession! haha
 
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MarvinTheBetta
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Magicpenny75 said:
If you have salt creep or calcium buildup you can get it off with white vinegar. I just did this in January for the same reason. My best advice - don't. LOL. Now I'm starting up planted tank and still dosing stuff and spent a pile on lights. You will never be happy with gravel and plastic after having a reef tank. It's just a different obsession! haha
How should I clean the parts of the filter that I can’t reach to clean it out? I’ve wanted an Oscar for a while and just got the chance to buy one son I’m trying to get it changed over. Should I drain it and fill it with freshwater (after all rock and sand and stuff is out) and and pour in the white vinegar and let the filter run? Or should I try it only running fresh water through the hoses?
 
MomeWrath
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You can run vinegar through it and then rinse with fresh.
How funny...that's what I did....I got super bored with the oscar in a month. Hope you do better than I did
Definitely change out and put all new media in though. The BB is different in freshwater so re-using the media is pointless.
 
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MarvinTheBetta
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Magicpenny75 said:
You can run vinegar through it and then rinse with fresh.
How funny...that's what I did....I got super bored with the oscar in a month. Hope you do better than I did
Definitely change out and put all new media in though. The BB is different in freshwater so re-using the media is pointless.
Alright. I’ll try doing that this weekend. Thanks for your help!

Magicpenny75 said:
You can run vinegar through it and then rinse with fresh.
How funny...that's what I did....I got super bored with the oscar in a month. Hope you do better than I did
Definitely change out and put all new media in though. The BB is different in freshwater so re-using the media is pointless.
Can you send me a picture of your planted tank and if you have any of your sw tank!
 
MomeWrath
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Sure thing! This is now...and a year ago...
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Jesterrace
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Going from saltwater to freshwater is a crime IMHO. Seriously though, I understand the maintenance factor. As mentioned above distilled white vinegar will go a long way to sanitizing the tank.
 
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MarvinTheBetta
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Magicpenny75 said:
Sure thing! This is now...and a year ago...
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Those are nice! My planted tanks didn’t go to well. It grew algae like crazy. I can't wait for this transition to be over. I’m already mad at the stupid thing because I had the glass lid off and accidentally stepped on it and it shattered all over the carpet.
 
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MarvinTheBetta
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Magicpenny75 said:
You can run vinegar through it and then rinse with fresh.
How funny...that's what I did....I got super bored with the oscar in a month. Hope you do better than I did
Definitely change out and put all new media in though. The BB is different in freshwater so re-using the media is pointless.
So I just thought about this. How much of that vinegar should be put in the tank with the fresh water to clean everything?
 
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MarvinTheBetta said:
So I just thought about this. How much of that vinegar should be put in the tank with the fresh water to clean everything?
Well I didn't fill the whole thing up. I used a spray bottle of about 30% vinegar on the tank insides. I cleaned mine in place in the living room. I would use a 30% solution to clean the canister as well, maybe hook it up to a five gallon bucket though. Not sure on that, I have never owned a canister filter so that's just a guess. I think 30% will do it though as far as the strength...
 
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MarvinTheBetta
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Magicpenny75 said:
Well I didn't fill the whole thing up. I used a spray bottle of about 30% vinegar on the tank insides. I cleaned mine in place in the living room. I would use a 30% solution to clean the canister as well, maybe hook it up to a five gallon bucket though. Not sure on that, I have never owned a canister filter so that's just a guess. I think 30% will do it though as far as the strength...
Oh ok thank you for all your help!
 
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