04-25-2014, 07:20 PM
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Ewwwwwwww!!! That intake tube is disgusting.
Yes, the thing in the back is the filter, that is the intake tube that is completely clogged. Your filter pads will be in the main unit that is hanging on the back of the tank. I'm sure those will be completely disgusting as well.
Did you add your airstone to the tank or was that already in there??
OK, here's what I would do. Fill up your container with 2/3 of the tank water and 1/3 clean water. Dose with about 15 drops of prime. Add the airstone and set it as low as it will go - you don't want fish getting blasted by air in that bucket. Try to keep the bucket temp. between 72-78 degrees F once you get home. Remove all of the ornaments in the tank and net the fish.
Unplug everything and take one of the filter cartridges out of the filter. I'm assuming that it's going to be disgusting but if possible, swish it around in the tank after you have removed the fish to see if you can remove the debris. If you can, put it in the bucket with your fish and you can use it again once you have the tank at home after you've cleaned the filter. If not, don't worry about it too much.
Toss the gravel and those shells. If those are real shells they will raise your ph too much (unless your ph out of your tap at home is really low, then they might come in handy). Test your ph out of the tap once you get home.
When you clean the tank, use some kosher salt or table salt and some paper towels to remove all of that scum. You can use a toothbrush and salt to remove the gunk off of the ornaments that you might want to keep as well. Or a mild bleach solution might have to be used if they're really disgusting.
The filter is going to be the hardest to clean. Can you get the name and size off of the filter cover when you go back? We can help you to break it down so that you can clean out the impeller area which is probably pretty gunky. You can use a bleach solution to clean the intake tube that you show in the picture but it might not be necessary. If you do use bleach for anything, rinse really really well and then give everything a good final rinse with conditioned water (dosed with Prime).
Is there a heater in the tank? If you can get the type and how many watts off of it, let us know that too.
And that's a start :)
Last edited by Romad; 04-25-2014 at 07:22 PM..