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post #1 of 8 Old 08-06-2018, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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Cleaning Sponges

So I bought Ocelo sponges to clean out an old empty tank, but they say on the package "not for aquarium use" because it "contains an antimicrobial agent in the sponge". Safe to use on an empty tank that is thorough rinsed afterwards?

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-09-2018, 01:32 AM
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Not really. That agent is used because it does not come off easily. May I suggest you check your sock and undies drawers? Perhaps sacrifice that shirt or pants you really should have tossed last year? I know you have loved something to pieces...It is for a good cause.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-10-2018, 02:24 AM
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Magic eraser unscented

will also work. Some say those are ok for cleaning acrylic tanks as well but I have not tried that.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-10-2018, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Not really. That agent is used because it does not come off easily. May I suggest you check your sock and undies drawers? Perhaps sacrifice that shirt or pants you really should have tossed last year? I know you have loved something to pieces...It is for a good cause.
What do you mean it doesn't come off easily? Not even with cleaning vinegar? Exposure to high heat? Passage of time sitting empty? I accidentally cleaned a tank with one of these weeks ago and I sat it outside in a hundred plus degree weather for several days and then it's been sitting empty since then.

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post #6 of 8 Old 08-13-2018, 06:37 AM
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What do you mean it doesn't come off easily? Not even with cleaning vinegar? Exposure to high heat? Passage of time sitting empty? I accidentally cleaned a tank with one of these weeks ago and I sat it outside in a hundred plus degree weather for several days and then it's been sitting empty since then.

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I wander around on the internet a lot. I can not find the peer reviewed study where I first learned about Triclosan longevity or the sad reef tale involving it. I have mixed a cap-full of bleach in to plain dish soap ever since I read them.



I vaguely remember something about carbon or salt scrub to get it off glass. This excerpt is similar to those findings but is exaggerated.


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Triclosan and sponges
Thereís an added environmental danger with many synthetic sponges these days; often they are impregnated with chemicals such as Triclosan. Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent and is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as being a pesticide. Itís also used in many antibacterial soaps, deodorants, toothpastes and cosmetics.
Aside from increasing evidence linking triclosan to health problems, it is also believed to destroy fragile aquatic ecosystems; especially algaes that other animals may depend on Ė either directly or indirectly.
As sewerage and waste water treatment plants cannot remove triclosan and the compound remains stable for long periods of time; itís posing an increasing problem in our waterways Ė itís now one of the most common man-made chemicals found in U.S. streams...."
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post #7 of 8 Old 08-13-2018, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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I wander around on the internet a lot. I can not find the peer reviewed study where I first learned about Triclosan longevity or the sad reef tale involving it. I have mixed a cap-full of bleach in to plain dish soap ever since I read them.



I vaguely remember something about carbon or salt scrub to get it off glass. This excerpt is similar to those findings but is exaggerated.


**Warning drama brokers content**
https://www.greenlivingtips.com/arti...n-sponges.html

"...
Triclosan and sponges
Thereís an added environmental danger with many synthetic sponges these days; often they are impregnated with chemicals such as Triclosan. Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal agent and is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as being a pesticide. Itís also used in many antibacterial soaps, deodorants, toothpastes and cosmetics.
Aside from increasing evidence linking triclosan to health problems, it is also believed to destroy fragile aquatic ecosystems; especially algaes that other animals may depend on Ė either directly or indirectly.
As sewerage and waste water treatment plants cannot remove triclosan and the compound remains stable for long periods of time; itís posing an increasing problem in our waterways Ė itís now one of the most common man-made chemicals found in U.S. streams...."
I used a salt scrub with the sponge, does that count?

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post #8 of 8 Old 08-30-2018, 01:58 PM
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Salt breaks the bonds of a lot of chem so maybe?


If you have a tough time getting it to cycle, then scrub with cheap carbon for filters.
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