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I have a 55 gallon tank that I had a battle of ich with at least 6 months ago. Since then I have not done anything with the tank after all my fish died.

I want to start it back up. It has been still running, just no water changes like I should of, just after all the fish died, back to school and working full time I had no time for it.

Anyways... I am planning on cleaning it out this weekend. I want to get new filter media, throw all decor out and get new decor, and I was going to keep the same gravel.

Question is... Can I take the old gravel and place in buckets and clean with boiling water to rid of any ich? Or any other advice on cleaning?

I am planning on letting the tank re-cycle again before adding fish. I would like to change it into a goldfish tank.

Thank you in advance!
 

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You're going overboard! Apparently ich doesn't live without fish for more than a few weeks, so what was there should ALL be dead. At this point, you can consider your tank free of ich. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong)
 

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I agree with Austin. Completely tearing down your tank because of a previous ich problem is total overkill. Depending on how long the tank has been without fish, beneficial bacteria may still be present in your gravel and filters. Give the gravel a good vacuuming, and do a decent water change. There is no need to trash the decor, unless you want to. If the filters are still running and not that dirty or old, rinsing the cartridge in tank water may be all it needs (depending on the type of filter of course). If your parameters check out you should be good to go.
 
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