New Tank (cleaning and suggestions)
I have recently acquired a forty gallon long. :3 (It came with some stuff and a stand, no light though. XP) (Paid forty bucks for it, which is all I had on me. XD)
What's best for giving it a really thorough clean? Normally I'd use vinegar but one of the items that came with it was a sponge. I don't know if it was used in the tank or not and I remember a horror story a friend told me of her tank. D:
So should I go for a bleach treatment? If so, what is the best way to do it?
The sealing looks a bit old so I'll be adding new sealing onto it. XP
As for stocking, for awhile I'll have my two goldfish in it. I won't be able to buy the massive tank I wanted for a few months because a family tragedy is forcing us to move and that'll be a NASTY tank to move (my 75 gall is going to be hard enough @_@).
Anyways, until I have the giant (125 gal+, depending on new house room) tank I desire the two will stay in it (right now they are in my 20 and need the room).
Afterwards I want to stock it with fish who won't get along with my current fish (I'm keeping the 40 gallon with my mom and the others with me and my dad; I have two houses basically and weekly visits will be enough to maintain water conditions).
I know for sure I want Tiger Barbs. Lots and lots of tiger barbs. XD
I also love Electric Yellow Cichlids and Rainbow Sharks. Since the tank is four feet long (the same length as the recommended 55 gal), will an Electric Yellow Cichlid work out with the shark and barbs?
Also, how many barbs would fit int he tank? (I absolutely love all the colors they come in and will definitely play around with how many of which color)
This won't happen for awhile but I still want to plan it. :3
Responding to your questions about cleaning, I would use vinegar and water, and rinse very, very well after. If the tank was used for fish, this should be sufficient [reptiles would be another matter]. Rather than risk the sponge, buy a new one, or use a clean one that you have not used for anything else. An old manual toothbrush is a good cleaning tool, esp for inside filter tubes.
Once cleaned up, set the tank on the stand (make sure it is level, you probably know all about that), and fill it with water and leave it for 24 hours minimum. This will test for any leaks, which can be very slow. If none appear, you should be set.
For cleaning I use fresh water aquarium salt. No fuss and a lot of fish like the added benefits. I do rinse it out but i don't go to town on it. I feel safe if i don't get it all out of the tank. Be careful though not all Fresh water fish like any level of salt in there water like some catfish.
I also use the vinegar and salt method. I have a sponge I strictly use for my tanks and I clean the heck out of any used tank I get as well as anything that came with it I plan on using.
That's goo to know that vinegar would suffice. :3 (I once heard that sponges release a toxic chemical and I got all worried about that) The tank looks a little "scummy" so I wasn't sure if that was due to hard water staining or chemicals. Either way I'll scrub at the glass until it is spotless. (Like when I got my 75 gallon it used to be saltwater and had an algae buildup. Now that was a HUGE project. XP) I just need one more 20lb bag of gravel before I can set it up. I'll rely on sunlight until I buy a light fixture. I think it came with an under gravel filter, but I'm not sure; I might need a new filter too. XP
I would recommend a good canister filter, rated for a 75g tank. Don't know what fish are intended, but a canister is versatile enough to serve a planted tank or say cichlids. This also opens up sand as a possible substrate, something that is impossible with a UG.
I was going to switch over to sand but I got a bag of gravel for Christmas (I asked for sand, but at at least the color's right) and it'd seem a waste not to use it. I don't any plans for fish that require sand (burrowers, cory, ect.). I am planning on a Tiger Barb school and was hoping if my favorite Cichlid would work out as well (both being feisty fish).
There are soakers solutions that i use for my nets and sponge. i don't put anything in the tank before a lite soak [dip]
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