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post #1 of 8 Old 11-25-2011, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Can you clean Bleach out of a fishtank?

Hello all, I just found out that my father clean my brand new tank with bleach. I believe the product was "Clorox Toilet Cleaner with Bleach". Is there any way to remove this, or will I have to trash the tank? Thanks for replies!

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-25-2011, 10:18 PM
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Ah, with that cleaner its got more nastiness than just bleach in it. My guess would be that you're in real danger of having something leach into the silicone and/or plastic bits. I wouldn't use it. I'm so sorry! That's just terrible!

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-25-2011, 10:21 PM
lol its really clean now. Just rinse it really good with the hose then use some extra dechlor when you fill it. After all bleach is just chlorine. I'd be more concerned as to what else was in the toilet bowl cleaner. I use CLR on tanks often which is a pretty harsh chemical, again just a lot of rinsing. Usually let tank soak and scrub it with whatever I am using. Then stand it on end or on its side and spray it like crazy with the hose.

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post #4 of 8 Old 11-25-2011, 11:32 PM
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another way to clean out the bleach would be to make a slurry out of baking soda and scrub all surfaces with that. Chemically it will neutralize the chlorine. Again though you will need to rinse rinse rinse and then rinse again.

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post #5 of 8 Old 11-26-2011, 02:52 AM
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I'd wash it out really good then soak the tank for 24 hours at a time then draining and refilling to try and pull out anything that might have been absorbed by the silicone for about a week, other wise strip all the silicone and redo it.
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post #6 of 8 Old 11-26-2011, 06:25 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, I'll try everything you said. I found the product, the ingredients are: 2.4% Sodium Hypochlorite

2.28% Chlorine

and they helpfully labelled the rest as "Other ingredients" -_-
but the Sodium Hypochlorite is the active ingredient.
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edit: Oh, and I forgot to say, aparently he didn't put very much in there, a couple of drops. And I think he washed it out within 5 minutes.

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Ok, I'll try everything you said. I found the product, the ingredients are: 2.4% Sodium Hypochlorite

2.28% Chlorine

and they helpfully labelled the rest as "Other ingredients" -_-
but the Sodium Hypochlorite is the active ingredient.
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edit: Oh, and I forgot to say, aparently he didn't put very much in there, a couple of drops. And I think he washed it out within 5 minutes.
Like everyone else said already, rinse rinse rinse and then rinse some more with conditioned water.

You should be fine.

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post #8 of 8 Old 11-26-2011, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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Conditioned Water? Hrmm, ok then. Thank you, everyone!
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