+1 I would do the same thing. At least you will have peace of mind.PfunMo said:For a tank with no fish and a known history of disease, I would treat the tank as a new to me tank. That means doing all I can to get off to a fresh start. Clean it and do a bleach/water soak to sterilize it. Most likely it was getting dirty when the disease came up so cleaning is almost a must do. I would not want to relie on any filters as being clean without making sure. Since you have to start over, why not start with a clean plate?
it was due to 2 sick fish that i added to the tank, i have never quarantine before adding new fish because i am not sure how you do this.nodima said:IME, there are two main causes of disease in aquariums. Introduction of a sick fish without proper quarantining and poor water quality.
Both of these are possible to avoid. The second one being a bit more difficult, but more frequent water changes are a good start. Understanding the water parameters of both the tank water and tap is a good starting point.
so buy all new filter media. do i need to do anything else other than a good hosing down to wash the bacteria away? *** already gave my live (now dead) rock 2 power rinses with the hose and it is outside airing out.namvet4 said:I would sanitize everything ! Tank, heaters, filters (canister, HOT/HOB), anything that is in or out of the tank that effects the water stream! Discard old substrate and buy new substrate; remove and clean and sanitize all rocks and or decorations. ...just my 2 cents...
+1PfunMo said:I would assume you had more than just filter floss for media so there is a fair amount of expense there? If so I would not ditch it all but just do the same job to sterilize it you do for the rest. I currently have my ten gallon QT tank in the garage full of bleach water to remove any chance of bad stuff hanging around. It's pretty simple to fill the tank and add 1/2 cup or so of bleach and then add all the tank things to the water. Best to use the cheap bleach without color or smell added. Let it set overnight of so and then when you are ready to start the tank again, dump the water, fill it to rinse things and then dump it all again. Take the filter, decor and anything else out and let them dry totally . I just set it all out in the sun. Any bleach chlorine left is diluted as you rinse things and then the small amount left drifts off into the air.
You will definitely kill the good bacteria along with the stuff you're trying to get rid of but I'm not sure there's an alternative. I think running the filters with the bleach should be fine...I would run them for several hours to be safe. Running everything again after rinsing with heavily dechlorinated water will eliminate the chlorine from the bleach. The "sniff" test (if it smells like bleach it's not ready) will tell you if you're good to go.adam0444 said:so bleach everything hmmm.. just another question if i just rinse everything and then let in dry all the way wont the bacteria die? what about cleaning the filters like the hoses? fill tank with weak bleach and run the filters for like 10min?
Just run it with bleach to start with. If you add dechlorinator at the same time you'll neutralize the bleach. After the bleach treatment run it again with a heavy dose of dechlorinator.adam0444 said:so I have a 90gallon do i add just 1/2 a cup?
so fill tank with water add dechlorinator?
put everything into the tank with the bleach
I know you said 24 hrs put it will be outside cant fit in garage would it be fine to soak everything for like 5hrs?
thanks for all the help