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SuperRyan89 03-16-2011 06:36 AM

Second hand tank clean up

Just setting up my 80L Aqua One 620. It's second hand so i was wondering if it could harbour disease? I'm putting in new gravel and water in. But using the ornaments and plants that came with it. I will be cycling the tank also for the next month or so, will this eliminate any possibility of disease? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks :-)

DKRST 03-16-2011 09:22 AM

If the items have been dried out very thoroughly, the risk of disease is pretty minimal, IMO. If it's to be a freshwater tank you could set the tank up and load it with salt for a little while (start with fresh for a few days then add salt) - I suspect that would eliminate most encysted parasites, although I really don't think you are at risk if everything has been dry for a while. I would at least rinse everything with tap water and/or a salt solution.

I'm certain others here will have some equally helpful, or better(!) suggestions.

Cycling will also further reduce any risk.

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