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How to sterilize tank and equipment
Old 08-07-2008, 05:02 PM   #1
 
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How to sterilize tank and equipment

I had a 10g that the inhabitants died from I think columnaris. Anyway I want to sterilize the tank and HOBs before using them again. What is the best way? Im thinking dilluted bleach. Is this a good idea for the media, biowheel too?
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:26 PM   #2
 
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You can use a 50/50 bleach solution. You can probably use it on the filters and filter media too. However, you'll want to let them dry completely after you've washed them and rinse them in dechlorinated water. The bleach clean will kill off everything, even your beneficial bacteria, so you'll have to completely recycle the tank after the clean.
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:28 PM   #3
 
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The biowheel might absorb it and not rinse out completely. Can you buy another one easily?
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:29 PM   #4
 
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yep was expecting to recycle. Its only a grow out tank and I have another aleady cycled just like it. How long should I soak in the solution?
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:32 PM   #5
 
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"The biowheel might absorb it and not rinse out completely. Can you buy another one easily?"

not easily....what are the chances the wheels and media would remain infected? Maybe I dont want to sterilize them with bleach. Maybe just boiling water?
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:52 PM   #6
 
You can buy steam cleaners at most any store. They come with long hoses that pinpoint the spot to clean. I would imagine if you hit all surfaces including corners with steam, you would kill everything without the bleach worries. They are cheap compared to buying new filters, etc.

That is what I use and I can't say I've ever had a problem.
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:55 PM   #7
 
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Thats so funny.
I have ones of those steam things but never thought to use it to sterilize aquarium equipment. Thanks
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:01 AM   #8
 
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"The biowheel might absorb it and not rinse out completely. Can you buy another one easily?"

not easily....what are the chances the wheels and media would remain infected? Maybe I dont want to sterilize them with bleach. Maybe just boiling water?
Actually, you should be able to get a replacement quite easily. I see them for sale at most LFS I go to, and if yours doesn't carry it, they'll be online.
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Old 08-08-2008, 04:04 PM   #9
 
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I know they sell them. What I meant by not easily is that there is no lfs where i live. the closest pet store is half an hour drive both ways. i might just order them online if i need other stuff.
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Old 08-08-2008, 04:19 PM   #10
 
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Half an hour each way adds up to...let me pull out my abacus here...roughly $736.24 in gas. And that's if you're driving a Prius with the windows up and the A/C off.

If you're ordering stuff online, it's easier and safest just to get the new wheels online. If you're not, I think boiling them would do just fine.

I was just thinking: maybe this whole thing has been blown way out of proportion? Can Flexibacter columnaris even survive outside of water? If your whole tank was wiped out, sterilizing it is probably a safe route anyway, but I'm just curious if anyone knows this kind of thing.
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