View Full Version : How should I clean a used tank?

01-31-2008, 11:15 AM
I have a used tank that has a build up of white crud in it. I want to know what is safe to use to clean it.:confused: I'm going to put fresh water fish in there so don't want to use any harmful stuff.

Baking Soda?

Got a great thing to use?

Grame family

01-31-2008, 11:30 AM
Water Vinegar and elbow grease....

Is it a glass tank?

01-31-2008, 11:33 AM
I would follow up with a bleach and water solution after you have the tank clean.

01-31-2008, 11:35 AM
yes it is a glass tank!

Thanks for your suggestions.

01-31-2008, 11:36 AM
Have to be careful here if it is acrylic then bad things happen(and is not easy to fix)....

I am guessing it is glass a bleach water solution and allow it to air dry will be good as well.

I would follow up with a bleach and water solution after you have the tank clean.

01-31-2008, 11:42 AM
u can also use CLR.....it works to remove the deposits....,just rinse rinse rinse....make sure u can't smell any bleach, vinegar...or clr on the tank.

01-31-2008, 12:14 PM
Man, y'all are braver than I am.... Vinegar and warm water is all I'll use. http://www.pushupstairs.com/images/emoticon/extra3/chicky.gif

01-31-2008, 12:17 PM
Make sure whatever you use, that you fill and drain the tank a couple of times till you cant smell anything. It would also help to use de-chlorinator when you are fill/rinsing.

01-31-2008, 01:04 PM
I always use "plain" salt from the grocery store. Takes everything off quick, and you dont have to worry about residue.

01-31-2008, 01:46 PM
allge brush and water.

01-31-2008, 02:08 PM
vinager...water... salt.... they all work very well... I used a razor blade and just scrape every part of the glass while it is wet with the vinager and such.... just scrapes all the gunk away...

if it has been sitting a long time,,,,then I use diluted chlorine and wipe all the glass and let is dry out for 48 hours... the dechlorinator takes care of any residual chlorine fromt he bleach....

have done it way toooo many times...since none of my tanks are new!!!