Washing - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 04-28-2010, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Question Washing

I have heard that you are not supposed to use anything in a freshwater tank that has been washed wth dish soap. Is that true and how do you get all the dish soap off of it?
Leslie Bond is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 04-28-2010, 12:39 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
What exactly is the object you want to put in the fish tank?

Soap should never be used on anything that goes into the water, since some objects will absorb soap and it may be impossible to extract all of it. Wood and rock are obvious examples of objects that should never have soap (or any other substance) applied to them, as even boiling wood (don't boil rocks, they can explode) is not totally safe for removing toxins.

Having said that, some ornaments may be OK, but I would give them a very good scrubbing with a brush in hot water. Some plastic materials will absorb chemicals, so caution is needed. "If in doubt, don't" is a good maxim.

Bleach can be used to clean things, but again nothing that is likely to absorb the bleach. And the decor must be thoroughly rinsed in hot water after using bleach.

Byron.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 04-28-2010, 12:49 PM
DCR
New Member
 
DCR's Avatar
 
Anything aquarium-related that I've ever bleached, I've rinsed thoroughly, and then soaked in an incredibly strong solution of dechlorinator for at least twenty-four hours -- and then repeat that process at least once more.

Chemicals, even in minute amounts, can cause all heck to break loose in an aquarium. Typically, I'd recommend against using cleansers of any kind unless it's totally and absolutely unavoidable.

Thanks--
DCR
DCR is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 04-28-2010, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
I have two Tetras with ick and I did not want to treat the whole tank. So my idea was to put the two tetras in a small plastic tupperware container with a small filter in it and only treat that water. Should I wash it in bleach?
Thank you!!!
Leslie Bond is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 04-28-2010, 06:16 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
I would not suggest removing fish with ich from a tank, but rather treat the entire tank. If you read the ich explanation you'll probably see why; the ich is in the tank.
http://redirectingat.com/?id=401X512...blues-40904%2F

Also, removing fish is very stressful, and while there are cases where diseased fish should preferably be removed to a treatment tank, it is not something that should be done when there is no direct gain (as with ich) since it will stress the fish further making it more susceptible to ich and other related issues, and could likely kill it esp with sensitive fish like characins (tetras are characins).

The best ich remedy for sensitive fish (which tetras are, along with loaches and corys) in my experience is Aquari-Sol. I have used it with wild-caught characins like pencilfish and wild corys that are both very highly sensitive to any chemical or medication, and never lost a fish but cured the ich (and velvet too). I also do not raise the temperature when using Aquari-Sol, because this again is going to add stress and this has to be weighed against the long-term benefits.

Byron.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Byron For This Useful Post:
Leslie Bond (04-28-2010)
post #6 of 7 Old 04-28-2010, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
I also have two frogs, one cory catfish, and three shrimp. Should I move them into another aquarium and treat the tetras and original tank only. Does ick affect the frogs, catfish and shrimp?
Leslie Bond is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 04-28-2010, 07:07 PM
DCR
New Member
 
DCR's Avatar
 
Those shrimp probably won't appreciate the Ich medication. Most Ich medications contain ingredients that aren't kind to invertebrates. If they're not easily replaceable, I'd remove those.

Treating the entire tank is really the only option with Ich. The Ichthyophthirius multifilius parasite can still be present within the aquarium even after the fish have stopped displaying the characteristic outward signs of infestation.

I'd certainly follow Byron's advice and treat everything. Or, to quote Aliens, blast off and nuke the entire site from orbit -- it's the only way to be sure. Heh.

Aside from that, you shouldn't need to scrub anything down. Just grab some medication and follow the label directions. Ich typically isn't hard to kill, if caught early on.

Thanks--
DCR
DCR is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to DCR For This Useful Post:
Leslie Bond (04-29-2010)
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sand Washing/Rinsing Tutorial MoneyMitch Member Submitted Articles 20 09-25-2009 03:06 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome