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Advice for Starting Over
I just lost all of my fish, so I am planning to breakdown my tank and start over. However, I'm feeling a little gun shy (fish dying makes me sad :cry:), so I was hoping to get advice to make sure I start things off on the right foot.
I want to clean everything thoroughly because I think that some type of disease killed my previous fish. I know not to use soap, but I read that you can use bleach to clean the tank. Has anyone done this? Does it seem to work?
I'm planning to do a fishless cycle using fish food (no convenient source of pure ammonia). I do have a one gallon tank with a very healthy beta. Would it make sense to steal some rocks/filter material from the small tank to seed the larger one? Also, does anyone have an idea how long it would take to cycle in this case?
Sorry to hear about your fish loss :( You can clean the tank with a bleach solution but be sure to rinse it A LOT and then rinse again with dechlorinated water that you've conditioned.
What size tank are you talking about?
Sorry to hear also.
I would do a "beaslbob" build which is a low tech planted tank.
But what you would expect from a beaslbob. LOL
As mentioned, you can use a bleach solution to clean but only use it on the tank, filter tubes and heater; rinse very, very well, and then allow to fully air dry.
Do not use bleach on porous things like the gravel/sand, filter media, rock or wood. Discard all of these and use new.
If live plants are possible/intended, I would use these to "cycle" and forget the ammonia. Much easier and safer and instant.
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