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Posted by Slaytonp on May 01, 2003 at 08:52:29:
In Reply to: Quick- What to do for a temp home while final tank finishes? posted by shopaholic on May 01, 2003 at 01:09:07:
:Hey guys: I have some beautiful tink darts on the way, should arrive tomarrow. I have been building my tank but its taking me so much longer then I expected. So the final tank won't be ready for their arrival. I need to set up a temp. To sanitize an old critter keeper, do I just use a solution of bleach and water, then soak or something? Will that kill off anything and everything possibly harmful(or should I just go buy a new plastic box-if so, what size for 2 tinks?)And can I just put some pillow moss on the floor? What else would you guys do to make a temp home for say up to one week?
I use the same setup as Kyle except for the paper around the sides, which I never thought of, but add come curly ivy in a small water container with pebbles just to give them a little shelter. Patrick Nabors (Saurian) recommends keeping new froglets in such a "nursery" for several weeks anyway. It gives them a chance to recover from shipping and you a chance to make sure they are eating well and are healthy.
I don't know if it is the same with frogs, but aquarium keepers warn against using bleach solutions for cleaning tanks. Very hot water is all they recommend along with scrubbing. I'm not certain this makes sense because after rinsing well and airing, the chlorine dissipates, but I err on the side of this recommendation rather than chance a "gassing."