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Just checking on the bleach solution, your doing a 10% bleach? Also vinegar works well to for wipe downs and really rinse well. I try and let it sit out in the sun a few days if you can afterwards. I am lucky to have a back deck.
 

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Hello and welcome to the forum! :hi:

Please never use bleach in or near a tank. Even if you think you washed it off good, it is still there. Have you cleaned with bleach before?

I am no expert in the vast world of cichlids, but I do have a few questions to ask that other, more knowledgeable members will ask. How long has the tank been setup? What are your water parameters? How often do you preform water changes? How often do you clean the filter? What are its tank mates?

If the site you bought it from will refund you, I say take the refund. Unless you are really attached to that fish.
 
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Never used bleach. This tank has only been set up a month or so. I indicated the parameters in the original post.
 
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K no bleach. If I do end up taking everything down and draining it all completely, what do you guys think? Boil each piece of rock and plant and scrub the tank walls endlessly? What about the sand.. this is my setup. I really don’t want to take it all down. Preaching to the choir here I know, but so much work !
 

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K no bleach. If I do end up taking everything down and draining it all completely, what do you guys think? Boil each piece of rock and plant and scrub the tank walls endlessly? What about the sand.. this is my setup. I really don’t want to take it all down. Preaching to the choir here I know, but so much work !
If you take it down, drain it and do a bleach solution of 1 part bleach to ten parts water, scrub for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly a few times. Phoenixkingz was saying not to use full strength bleach. ;) it would be a lot less hassle than boiling and scrubbing each individual thing
 
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K no bleach. If I do end up taking everything down and draining it all completely, what do you guys think? Boil each piece of rock and plant and scrub the tank walls endlessly? What about the sand.. this is my setup. I really don’t want to take it all down. Preaching to the choir here I know, but so much work !
Or maybe it’d be wiser to invest in another hobby.. ‍♂
 
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I do not think you need to boil the rock just dip in the 10% solution for 10-15 seconds and rinse of thoroughly
Math was never my strong suit.. if I have a 5 gallon bucket with 4 gallons water, add what, 1/2 gallon bleach or so and dip and scrub and repeat? Then rinse it all a bunch. What about the sand?
 

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The sand you may want to replace, bleach will do the job so you do not have to over do it. Like I said earlier I think it is a good chance the fish brought it with them and it was not the tanks fault So you could do what you did last time to clean the tank just leave the part out about leaving it sit in the garage.
 

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