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Advise for cleaning a 55 gallon aquarium I am rescuing
Old 04-25-2014, 12:38 PM   #11
 
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I would def. stop on your way. Use the tank water that the fish are in so you don't shock them and add triple dose of Prime to the bucket. Regular dose is 1-2 drops per gallon of clean water so I'd go with at least 5 or 6 drops per gallon for that tank water.

Prime doesn't remove the harmful stuff in that water (ammonia, nitrites etc...) but it does render them harmless for small periods of time.

We can talk about regular water change maintenance after you get them set up at home. The focus is to keep the fish alive while you clean and reset that tank up. You've got a long afternoon/evening ahead of you ;)
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:44 PM   #12
 
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Okay, I will get some. I'm going to go ahead and go over there now and get some photos. Hopefully it will still be there. I think I'll buy a rubbermaid container also and fill it with water now and put the prime in it. That way, when I go back later to begin moving everything, the prime will have been in there for a while.

I'm excited about this!

I sincerely appreciate your help!
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:49 PM   #13
 
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Prime doesn't remove the harmful stuff in that water (ammonia, nitrites etc...) but it does render them harmless for small periods of time.
AH! I always mess that one up, it neutralizes them and makes it easier for you to remove with water changes, it doesn't take it out. lol I think it says it removes ammonia though, or perhaps I misread bottle.

Prime is great stuff, I like to always have it on hand and I use it with water changes now.

Yes, long road indeed. I, too, got a 55 gallon tank a while back...thankfully I didn't get any fish with it, but it was a huge mess(the person I got it from had about a dozen cichlids in there and said they died and killed each other for no reason, and then they left it sitting for like two years). Everything that came with it was completely trashed and barely worked if at all. The filters didn't work, I had to get new ones, the heater was ok, and the gravel was disgusting and stunk and it has so much filth stuck to the glass...eesh. o-o; If you can get someone to help you out, I suggest it. I did everything myself but moving it, since I obviously couldn't take it up the stairs myself. ^^; It's a lot of work! But it was so worth it for me, and I hope you enjoy yours just as much. :3
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:50 PM   #14
 
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Okay, I will get some. I'm going to go ahead and go over there now and get some photos. Hopefully it will still be there. I think I'll buy a rubbermaid container also and fill it with water now and put the prime in it. That way, when I go back later to begin moving everything, the prime will have been in there for a while.

I'm excited about this!

I sincerely appreciate your help!
I would advise against using all new tap water to put those fish in for now. You could shock those fish by changing their environment so drastically.

But, a bit of clean water added to the tank water that they're in might not be a bad idea. You also don't have to wait for the conditioner to sit if that's a concern.

I'm excited to see what you have waiting for you :)
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:51 PM   #15
 
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If your LFS is a mom and pop, or you know of one nearby, ask them to care for the fish while you get the tank up and reset. A big box store won't, but most reputable caring mom and pop's would do it. Good luck!
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:56 PM   #16
 
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You're right. I totally got off track. I know I need to keep the water they are in now for the move. I'm writing everything down step-by-step so I won't make any mistakes. Going to go get some photos, the airstone, rubbermaid container and gravel. I should be back here by 1:30 or so.

YAY!
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:59 PM   #17
 
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[quote=keepsmiling;4360826]Stick your finger in it and taste it.

LOL :)
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Old 04-25-2014, 01:02 PM   #18
 
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If your LFS is a mom and pop, or you know of one nearby, ask them to care for the fish while you get the tank up and reset. A big box store won't, but most reputable caring mom and pop's would do it. Good luck!
I just looked and the closest aquarium store is in Nashville. That's an hour away :( If they don't survive, I will feel horrible. I wish I knew someone around here who has fish and is experienced that could help care for them but I don't.

Thank you again for your helping so much,
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Old 04-25-2014, 01:05 PM   #19
 
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AH! I always mess that one up, it neutralizes them and makes it easier for you to remove with water changes, it doesn't take it out. lol I think it says it removes ammonia though, or perhaps I misread bottle.
Nope - my bad. It def. removes ammonia. My head was thinking nitrites and nitrates and my fingers typed ammonia :)

Thanks for pointing that out.
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Old 04-25-2014, 01:08 PM   #20
 
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Okay, I am leaving now. I just have one more question...

Should I get a gray/dark rubbermaid or see though?

Seriously, I am going to log off and go over there as soon as I get a reply :)!
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