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Advise for cleaning a 55 gallon aquarium I am rescuing
Old 04-25-2014, 12:24 PM   #21
 
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Doesn't matter in the least. Good luck!!
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:40 PM   #22
 
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Agreed..it matters not. Maybe you could post another thread asking if anyone is near you that is a member here? Maybe they could help assess what you have, offer some advice, and even have the Prime. The box of supplies may have a suitable dechlorinator/neutralizer that you can use for now.
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:55 PM   #23
 
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Agreed..it matters not. Maybe you could post another thread asking if anyone is near you that is a member here? Maybe they could help assess what you have, offer some advice, and even have the Prime. The box of supplies may have a suitable dechlorinator/neutralizer that you can use for now.
I was wondering that myself (too late)...

There's always face time if they have smart phones.
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:20 PM   #24
 
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:26 PM   #26
 
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Whew. It took forever. Here are some photos of the tank. I'll ask questions after I post these.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:34 PM   #27
 
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here are some more photos
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:39 PM   #28
 
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Okay! Got the pics up and included quite a few of all the funky stuff. Do you think the gravel def needs to be replaced?

The black thing in the back I think is the filter (?) that is covered in... what I know nit but it's nasty. Can I just clean that up with maybe some light bleach and hot water?

I did stop and get some gravel in case I need to replace it. I also got Prime (they only had the 8oz bottle) some new ph test sticks and... the airstone.

Not sure if I am going to go back there tonight to tear it down or wait until tomorrow...

What should my next steps be exactly?
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:54 PM   #29
 
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Ok those are freshwater fish...tetras.{one is maybe a barb} It does look pretty bad, but it can be fixed. Are these pics after you already moved it? The seashells do need to come out, and anything from the ocean.
You can do this several ways. Since this is your first tank, it might be best to go slow. If you completely clean out the filter, you will need to wait to clean up the substrate. That will hold some of the bacteria until the filter grows a new colony. I think I would do that first.
Normally, a filter would be kept clean by swishing around the media that is inside, in the water that you take out of the tank when you do a water change. Then replaced in the filter.
Whatever you use{light bleach is ok} you will need to use prime after rinsing it a lot.
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:20 PM   #30
 
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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 :)

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