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post #1 of 11 Old 09-04-2012, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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How much bleach should I put in 3 gallons to clean out a tank and some filter media and stuff? Also how do I clean the tanks and how do I clean the filter and the media?
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How much bleach should I put in 3 gallons to clean out a tank and some filter media and stuff? Also how do I clean the tanks and how do I clean the filter and the media?
Mix bleach according to instructions on container. Use some kind of dechlorinator to neutralize chlorine from the bleach BEFORE ADDING TO YOUR TANK. Filter media can be rinsed under cool water, but it does get spent after a while. Only recommending 1 rinse per batch of media/cartridge. Still need to replace after a while, say 2 weeks after rinse. At least this is my opinion. Other more experienced keepers might tell you different, which is fine. I am a newbie and I'm not afraid to admit it.
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I am doing this for tanks that fish got sick in. And their filters.
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I am doing this for tanks that fish got sick in. And their filters.
What kind of sick...? Even then..same instruction applies.

Don't bother bleaching the filter media. Just get new. You can bleach it but it will probably render it useless unless you're just using a foam pad. Don't bleach carbon/zeolyte.
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I don't use carbon. Just bio and foam.
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post #6 of 11 Old 09-05-2012, 03:24 PM
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I would not use bleach on anything that will absorb liquids, such as filter media, wood, rock, gravel or sand. It is next to impossible to ensure all of the bleach gets rinsed out.

It is OK touse bleach to clean the tank glass, filter itself and filter tubes, but rinse everything very well in plain tap water afterwards and allow to thoroughly dry in air before re-use.

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Use dechlorinator to be on the safe side after soaking.
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So how do I make my media safe? I don't have money for new media right now.
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-05-2012, 05:03 PM
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You could use meds I guess. Just wait til you do have money for media. It doesn't make sense not to.
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-05-2012, 06:40 PM
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Meds doesnt clean it. If the fish were sick and died and the meds didnt work, they wont work now.
Then dont set itup until you have the filter media. I now it seems unfair, but suck it up waiting will pay off.

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