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Posted by Homer1 on May 01, 2003 at 11:04:37:
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:
I kept tropical fish for over 10 years, and this is what I did if I was really worried about a tank (I picked it up from the Journal of the American Killifish Association Newsletter):
(1) Dissolve bleach in hot water at a rate of 1 cup bleach per 5 gal. H2O. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, scrub down sides if necessary.
(2)flush all water out of tank, then flush with clean hot water.
(3) Mix solution of 3 cups distilled vinegar to 5 gallons hot water and pour into tank to titrate against any remaining bleach.
(4) flush out all water after 20 minutes, then rinse at least 3 times with hot water.
(5) let sit for 3-6 hours filled with clean H20. Drain off that water, and treat it like a new tank.
I used this on all my new tanks (even if it was new from the manufacturer, which few of mine were), and never had a problem with losing fish--even very sensitive fish. I also did this with my pet pal (critter keeper) before adding my tinc froglets with no adverse effects). I guess there is always the off chance of having some remaing chlorine, but if you're careful, I think you'll be okay. Use your best judgment.
: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?