11-16-2006, 03:06 AM
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All great advice, I'd listen to all of it, especially the part about the reptile specific aquariums. That appears to be a standard allglass tank, but my husband works for allglass aquariums, and not all of the tanks are designed for fish. As already stated, they should be marked.
And, use the bleach!!! Any sprays or other chemicals that may have been used for the lizards will be toxic for fish. Bleach is the only really safe chemical to clean and sterilize an aquarium to make it fish safe. You can do this easily while checking for leaks, provided it's not in a place where, if it leaks, the bleach will harm anything. After cleaning with bleach, rinse it until the bleach smell is gone, and then let it air dry for about a week, to make sure all of the bleach has evaporated. The silicone seals will take a bit longer to dry than will the glass.
Congrats and hope all goes as planned, you oscar will surely appreciate the space!