How Do I Sterilize A Tank That Housed A Sick Fish?
Posted 19 June 2009 - 06:28 PM
So now I have the 5 gallon tank he was in, and need to know how to go about sterilizing it for another betta.There is one live plant, 2 silk plants, some gravel, a little plastic bridge, thermometer, heater, filter, etc.
I also found a dead snail in the tank just as I noticed he was getting sick, so don`t know if that was just a coincidence or whatever killed Joe killed the snail as well.
When I sterilize all this stuff, does this mean I have to get a brand new filter and start cycling all over again?
I assume I will, but don`t know at this point.
Posted 19 June 2009 - 09:13 PM
I was in your situation.
Just strip the tank down and keep the filter/heater running in a bucket of water (adding ammonia daily) with any live plants you have.
Clean everything very well with hot water repeat as many times as you want but make sure you clean it well.
Then just put it back together again add dechlorinated water put your filter and heater back in and add ammonia daily to keep your filter bacteria alive.
check your water stats before adding a fish and your good to go.
Some people use 1 part bleach to 10 parts water but i dont like putting chemicals in my tanks a a precaution. It's all down to personal preferance.
Posted 20 June 2009 - 02:26 PM
good luck. and yes, keep that filter running to save the bacteria so you dont have to cycle again...if you have another fishtank, just stick it in there,,,you might have a bit of die off to the bacteria, but better than losing the whole lot.
Posted 20 June 2009 - 08:26 PM
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