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Crisis!! Nail polish remover in tank
Old 03-31-2011, 03:59 PM   #1
 
Crisis!! Nail polish remover in tank

To make a long story short, my brother has anger problems. I accidentally saved something in Microsoft Word over a paper that he had written, so now he has no access to recovering it. He got mad and poured nail polish remover in my 2.5 gallon tank when I wasn't home. 5 minutes after he did that, my sister took the fish out and have them in a bowl with conditioned water. Will I still be able to use the actual tank if I clean it out really good? I'm not using the gravel, stones, or fake plants. But can I still use the actual tank? What should I clean it in? I'm so upset... I've had the tank for a month and a half and it was cycled and everything. I also have to put in a new filter cartridge in, but clean out the actual filter part. Is this what I should be doing? Please write back and help me!
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:14 PM   #2
 
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I think the tank should be fine with a good clean with water (NO BLEACH), make sure you rince the decor as well.
I guess the nail polish remover would have killed the benfictial bacteria as well :/ How much did he put in?

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Old 03-31-2011, 05:15 PM   #3
 
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Hi Ruby! Awww. I'm sorry to hear of your troubles! If there is no greasy film in any way then I would just rinse, rinse, rinse in hot water. If there is a greasy film for some reason then you need to get rid of that. Try to use something natural, vinegar, salt by the hand full (carefull not to scratch the plastic/glass), a very mild dish soap, like ONE drop, but nothing that is anti bacterial but I hate to advise that... and then Rinse, Rinse, Rinse and Rinse in hot water. Till it squeaks it's so clean!!
Good luck. I would say the worst has been done to them so just do your best, that's all you can do.
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:24 PM   #4
 
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I think thats so wierd how someone is mad at someone, so they take it out on the defenseless pet. No offense to your brother but that stuff just really annoys me. but anyway, like Jakiebabie said, just rinse it very well with hot water and you should be fine.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:13 PM   #5
 
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Hi Ruby! Awww. I'm sorry to hear of your troubles! If there is no greasy film in any way then I would just rinse, rinse, rinse in hot water. If there is a greasy film for some reason then you need to get rid of that. Try to use something natural, vinegar, salt by the hand full (carefull not to scratch the plastic/glass), a very mild dish soap, like ONE drop, but nothing that is anti bacterial but I hate to advise that... and then Rinse, Rinse, Rinse and Rinse in hot water. Till it squeaks it's so clean!!
Good luck. I would say the worst has been done to them so just do your best, that's all you can do.

I don't think I should use anything in the tank though right? Just get rid of the old stuff and buy new rocks and whatnot.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:14 PM   #6
 
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I think the tank should be fine with a good clean with water (NO BLEACH), make sure you rince the decor as well.
I guess the nail polish remover would have killed the benfictial bacteria as well :/ How much did he put in?

I'm not sure how much he put in, but the all of the water wreaked like it. I need to cycle it all over again =( But hopefully they don't die though because I'm cycling it with them in it.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:22 PM   #7
 
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what fish do you have?? 2.5 gallons seems pretty small....
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:45 PM   #8
 
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And when you're done doing that. If you haven't done so already apologize for saving over his paper. Then pop him one over the head. And then apologize and then pop him again and tell him that's what he gets for not backing up important information on a thumb drive. And then apologize once more for the error of your ways. Third times a charm. :)
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:00 PM   #9
 
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what fish do you have?? 2.5 gallons seems pretty small....

I have 2 fancy tail guppies and 2 white cloud minnows and a ghost shrimp. They are all very very small. I know it may seem overstocked, but all of the water parameters were perfect, they were healthy and happy. I planned on moving them to a 10 gallon tank in a month because my fiance and I are getting an apt. together and there really is no room in the house right now for a 10 gallon.
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And when you're done doing that. If you haven't done so already apologize for saving over his paper. Then pop him one over the head. And then apologize and then pop him again and tell him that's what he gets for not backing up important information on a thumb drive. And then apologize once more for the error of your ways. Third times a charm. :)
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definitely! thanks!
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