Tank cleaning - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 01-22-2009, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
New Member
Tank cleaning

Hi Chaps
I finally found a second hand 180g tank / stand and ancillary equipment.
I brought the equipment in a dry, stripped down state. I brought the tanks and stand into the family room where it will reside, stripped, painted and generally refurbished the stand. I now want to clean the tank prior to mounting it on the stand and plumbing it up...My question is, what can I use to clean the inside? I'm sure I shouldn't be using windex or the like...Can anyone advise. Also is there a way of checking the condition of the sealant prior to filling it?
Thanks in advance
uksub is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 9 Old 01-22-2009, 05:07 PM
Twistersmom's Avatar
I have use vinegar mixed with water to clean the inside out. Worked well. I would wipe it down with just some clean water afterwards to remove any vinegar that could still be in the tank. Checking seals, I dont know, do they look ok doing a visual inspection?
Twistersmom is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 01-22-2009, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
New Member
Thanks for the vinigar idea..So a weak solution of washing up liquid would be bad would it?
The seals look to be fairly good, but in some areas they have very small bits at the edge coming away from the glass, this is only very very small though - less than a millimeter or 1/32" in old money
uksub is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 01-22-2009, 05:24 PM
Twistersmom's Avatar
I would be worried about what might be in the liquid soap. Might be fine but the vinegar would be safer. Vinegar is also better for removing the hard water stains. Seal sounds ok. What do you plan on putting in the tank once its set up? Tank that big, gives you alot of option!
Twistersmom is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 01-22-2009, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
New Member
Oh yes...I have a lot of research to do, I'm starting from zero knowledge on Marine hobby..
I have my wish list of stock here
uksub is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 01-22-2009, 06:46 PM
Twistersmom's Avatar
Good luck with it! Sounds like lots of fun!
Twistersmom is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 01-23-2009, 05:58 AM
Pasfur's Avatar
With vinegar, I concur.

A razor blade is also very useful for the inside glass, when slightly wet.
Pasfur is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 01-25-2009, 09:24 AM
New Member
KrisRogers's Avatar
straight vinegar or even lemon juice works well. they also work great to clean any lime build up on you tank/hood

I searched yahoo questions for another source that might answer other questions about vinegar.

Yes, vinegar is safe to use. It is not toxic for fish if you happen to not rinse your tank well, which is pretty hard to accomplish since vinegar rinses off very easily.
The only thing vinegar can do is affect your pH. Just make sure you rinse everything very well. To be even safer you could do a strong salt bath for your tank and everything else, then rinse it with vinegar. Of course, the most effective way to sanitize is bleach, but if you end up using it, make sure you use the right dose and you better rinse everything THOROUGHLY, because bleach will kill fish.



~9 Swordtail's
2 male orange w/black stripe on tail
6 orange female
1 mickey mouse female
~2 White Molly's
~1 Corydoras Sterbai
~1 unknown Cory?

Last edited by KrisRogers; 01-25-2009 at 09:30 AM.
KrisRogers is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 01-29-2009, 12:19 PM
Kellsindell's Avatar
I'm lazy when it comes to cleaning, you can use Vinegar or Meriodic acid(you get from pool cleaning stores and it's safe, but make sure you get it all out). What i like to do is fill the tank up and put my pumps in and add the vinegar and turn all the pumps on. leave it running for a night and the next day empty the tank out. Now for a 180g that's a lot of work, but for my pumps i leave them running over night then then clean the rest of the stuff off and they look brand new! Always clean your pumps at least once every 2mo, but if you can once every month. They will be more effecient that way and always get back ups of every thing because if something dies like a return pump and it's midnight or thanksgiving holiday (which is when everything happenes or at Christmas) the you will have a pump to replace it with.

Buy online as it's cheaper, but fish i would recommoned purchasing at LFS(local fish store) because you need to observe the fish before it goes into the tank.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea...

75g Build

Kellsindells build

2.5 Pico Build

Member of DFWMAS ... PBITAWA
Michael Hernandez
Kellsindell is offline  

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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
cleaning tank sheena0709 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 3 07-16-2008 05:05 AM
cleaning out a tank southafrica1001 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 11 06-14-2008 10:58 AM
Cleaning Used Tank? bluesteel Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 7 04-06-2008 11:17 PM
help with cleaning a new used tank ilovemybubbles Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 1 02-09-2008 03:53 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