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I've picked up a second hand tank, 8ft long 135gal that I'm going to set up for haps and peacocks. The guy I bought it from has had a red ear slider turtle in the tank since he got it back in May, so about 5 months. I've turfed the media in the canister filter and replaced it with new, and it was a bare bottom tank for his turtle so I'll be using brand new pool filter sand for substrate. I'm just wondering about the glass tank and silicone itself - I've always heard how dirty turtles are. Do you think just a regular water and elbow-grease cleaning will suffice, or should I bleach it (using a 10% bleach solution)?
 

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I have also heard that a reptile habitat is not good for fish...no way to get the toxins out of the silicone. FWIW, no idea if it is a myth, I have never tried it.

Is the aquarium originally manufactured for fish? Also hear that reptile habitat glass is thinner because it does not normally have to hold water to the brim.
 

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DJRansome said:
Is the aquarium originally manufactured for fish? Also hear that reptile habitat glass is thinner because it does not normally have to hold water to the brim.
+1. I'd make sure of this. Then I'd fill the tank and run the filter(s) with bleach in the water for a day, empty and make sure it completely dries out. Then it's ready for fish.
 

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Its a fish tank he put a turtle in. Turns out I can trace the tank back three or four previous owners - small community and a odd size lol. Its definitely not thin glass, its at least an inch thick and weighs a bloody ton.
 

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ken31cay said:
DJRansome said:
Is the aquarium originally manufactured for fish? Also hear that reptile habitat glass is thinner because it does not normally have to hold water to the brim.
+1. I'd make sure of this. Then I'd fill the tank and run the filter(s) with bleach in the water for a day, empty and make sure it completely dries out. Then it's ready for fish.
Using a 10% bleach solution?
 

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Excellent, That's half as much bleach for me to go buy lol. Thanks!
 
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