01-02-2010, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by wake49
What do you use to do deep cleanings? I personally use vinegar and warm water. I scrub the tank down with vinegar, then rinse it out with warm water. After a few times of that, I soak it in warm water for a few hours, to dissipate the vinegar.
I think this is a great technique. I really used poor choice in words. I did 5 gallon water changes on 3 consecutive days, cleaned all impellers, gave the skimmer a good adjusting, cleaned algae, stirred up all detritus and siphoned it out, wiped algae, etc.
I don't see the need for a total breakdown, given that no signs of parasites or other disease were present. This has been a very reliable Q up until this death, with some rather sensitive fish spending time in Q.