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Just purchased a used tank. What is the best way to clean it without taking a chance of harming future fish?

I've heard "just use hot water" to "Use vinegar" or even "Use soap and water", and am unsure of just what to do.
 
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Any particular -kind- of vinegar?

(Edit) I've got Balsamic Vinegar and Red Wine vinegar. Will either work, or do I have to put off cleaning this aquarium untill tomorrow?
 
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You'll want to use a plain white vinegar. I use white distilled vinegar for hard water spots.

To sterilize, I fill the tank with bleach and let it set for a while. Rinse it until you can no longer smell bleach. Fill it and OD it with dechlorinator, then I let that sit for a while.
Empty......then refill when setting up the tank.

Don't mix vinegar with bleach
Never use soap or detergents for any fish things it can leave a residue and kill.

Good luck!
 
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Thanks!

Currently cleaning the tank with a 1:20 bleach/water mixture.

I'll get vinegar tomorrow.
 

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Cool. I forgot to give the ratio I use, it's 1:19, but what you did is fine.
Just rinse it really good before you tackle the hard water spots with vinager.
 
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Thank you! I'll be going to the store tomorrow to grab some white vinegar.

I'm going to sterilize/clean the outside of the tank, but in the future, can I take the lazy way out and just windex the outside? Mind you, NOT inside or top, just the exterior display glass.
 

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Good morning.

Yes, you can use windex to clean the outside glass. I suggest that you spray the windex on the paper towel in another room and not around the tank. Don't spray it directly onto the tank glass itself.

I don't use Windex on acrylic tanks.

Ken
 
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Thank you for the tip, Aquarist! I'll definitely keep that in mind.
 

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Good morning.

Yes, you can use windex to clean the outside glass. I suggest that you spray the windex on the paper towel in another room and not around the tank. Don't spray it directly onto the tank glass itself.

I don't use Windex on acrylic tanks.

Ken
Sorry to be butting in but why not use windex on acrylic tanks?
 

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I'm not 100% positive but I think windex might cloud acrylic.
When Ken signs on, maybe he'll comment,
 

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Thanks!

Currently cleaning the tank with a 1:20 bleach/water mixture.

I'll get vinegar tomorrow.
That should work just fine. If you want to buy some vinegar that would be ok too,but there really is no need if you have bleach.

One thing with bleach is to let it completley dry. Put it outside in the sun. This will evaporate any bleach that you may have missed. When you do this,rinse and repeat. You can never be too sure IMO.
 
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One thing I did discover while cleaning this used tank -

There's this white **** encased on the glass at some parts. Vinegar and bleach didn't work to clean it off - but a sterilized razorblade? It took it right off.

/Trick I picked up working on cars.
 

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If there are no fish in the tank Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound cleans the glass easier then anything. There is a thread on here somewhere with all the details but the abbraisives in the compound are not as hard as glass so it can't scratch the glass. It is non toxic as well.
 

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can you use the vinegar solution on something like the filter or an old hood that gets that white crusty buildup on it?
 

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I've always used plain water to clean the outside and a good paper towel. Seems to work just fine.
 

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I've read the turtle wax thread but, I was wondering if anyone knows if it's in the wax form in the tub or if it's in liquid form? thanks
 

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Hello,

I have moved your thread to the Cleaning/Maintenance section of the forum.

I don't recommend using anything to clean an acrylic tank other than a 100% cotton, white t shirt. I've read in the past (and it may be old school by now) that glass cleaning agents are not good for acrylic tanks. It may cause them to turn yellowish over time.

I clean my acrylic tank (Wriggley's) with a damp (water only) t shirt as I mentioned above. Then I use a dry one to wipe it down. Works great.

Ken
 

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There are some cleaner sprays made specifically for acrylic, we get them through our chemical supply company at work but I bet they are available at somewhere like home depot or a specialty shop. And as Ken said, be sure to use a very soft material when cleaning, we use an acrylic specific disposable towel.
 
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