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post #11 of 36 Old 06-30-2010, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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should i just go ahead and get the bad water out, and change it too regular tap water so that the chlorine can kill some bacteria??
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post #12 of 36 Old 07-19-2010, 11:11 AM
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No, I would not recommend chlorinated tap water. It might kill the bacteria, but would more likely harm your fish. I would just continue water changes/and if anyone else can add better info, please do.. I'm just scrambling around here. Stress in and of itself is not an illness (although I think it could be debated) but it weakens the fish (any organism that is stressed, frankly) and you will get an opportunistic disease take hold that, if the fish were NOT stressed, their immune system could fight it off.

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No, I would not recommend chlorinated tap water. It might kill the bacteria, but would more likely harm your fish. I would just continue water changes/and if anyone else can add better info, please do.. I'm just scrambling around here. Stress in and of itself is not an illness (although I think it could be debated) but it weakens the fish (any organism that is stressed, frankly) and you will get an opportunistic disease take hold that, if the fish were NOT stressed, their immune system could fight it off.
there are no fish in the tank. I just got all the water out of the tank. I'm probably going to put water in the tank but I have one question. I think the disease is bacterial, so I want to put hot water in the tank, but is that a good idea?? Im thinking about water from 90-100ish degrees.
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I think most bacteria could survive water in that heat range.
If there are no fish and the tank is empty you could use a bleach solution, empty the tank and let it air out completely. The bleach (chlorine) will evaporate.

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I think most bacteria could survive water in that heat range.
If there are no fish and the tank is empty you could use a bleach solution, empty the tank and let it air out completely. The bleach (chlorine) will evaporate.
are you sure thats safe?
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A mild (10%) bleach solution is safe for disinfecting aquariums. Fill the aquarium with the bleach solution, let it soak for about 10-15 minutes, drain, fill with clear water and let it soak a bit, drain, rinse with clear water then let air dry completely. Also, use a double dose of water conditioner when you refill it for final use.

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A mild (10%) bleach solution is safe for disinfecting aquariums. Fill the aquarium with the bleach solution, let it soak for about 10-15 minutes, drain, fill with clear water and let it soak a bit, drain, rinse with clear water then let air dry completely. Also, use a double dose of water conditioner when you refill it for final use.
isn't their other stuff in some bleaches.... im not really that comfortable putting bleach in my tank. Wouldn't regular tap-water do? It has chlorine in it, if their is enough to kill the fish, shouldn't there be enough to kill the bacteria?
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post #18 of 36 Old 07-29-2010, 08:23 PM
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Just get plain ole bleach (no dyes or fragrance, etc). Plain tap water won't disinfect like bleach will.

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75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
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but would it work??
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post #20 of 36 Old 08-01-2010, 09:45 PM
bleach... of course. if your a skeptic think about the hospital they use a lot of bleach.1 part bleach to 9 parts water.

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