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sillypony 11-16-2007 01:01 PM

Hamster-Used Aquarium?
Well, my betta is currently occupying my 10 gallon quarantine tank... and I'd really like to pick up some more fish.

So I have a 5 gallon here, that recently had a hamster move out of it, no leaks, which I could use. Would this be safe? What all should I do before putting fish in it?

Otherwise I move the Betta to a betta condo/breeder box in the 55 (so the neon's dont bite him) or I just put the fish straight in their planned tanks (which I am only concerned about b/c 2 of my fish are too expensive to risk getting sick. My LFS is awesome, they pre-quarantine, and i've never had a problem with their fish)



The-Wolf 11-16-2007 01:14 PM

just give everything a good clean with water that is as hot as your hands can stand.
the only thing I would be concerned with is the silicon seal, if that has been chewed off I'd run a new line in those places, just to be sure.

sillypony 11-16-2007 01:23 PM



Lupin 11-16-2007 05:14 PM

I only use salt and warm water to clean my tank.:)

beetlebz 11-16-2007 07:44 PM

well, personally... i just saw a 10g tank at petco for 12 bucks :O id get another one for the 12 bucks and leave the betta where he is :)

Little-Fizz 11-17-2007 12:11 AM

Someone kept a hampter in a 5 gallon bowl? :shock: Seems unusual and cruel :?

sillypony 11-17-2007 09:51 AM

Its an aquarium, not a bowl. So theres room to run a bit. And the Betta is staying in the 10... I'll use the 5 for quarantine.


Little-Fizz 11-17-2007 10:36 AM

Ha sorry, that sounded pretty rude. Just I thought it was a bowl so I was picturing a fat hamster like smooshed in a jar. :lol: That might be a funny thing to see.

Andyandsue 11-19-2007 03:54 PM

The only thing I would be concerned with is any residual ammonia that may be left from the hampster urine. I would think hot hot hot water and salt for washing, maybe even giving it a soak, would work. I would also use a little melafix while cleaning. Certainly couldn't hurt.

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