Cleaning Second Hand Tank

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I have purchased a second hand tank and looking on advice on what to use to clean the tank. I have just been cleaning it with tap water at the moment but wondered if you can get any cleaner that is reefsafe, I’m trying to get it looking like new before I set it all up. Can I use just tap water for cleaning or is RO water still advisable? Also any way of removing the staining left over from the previous set up on the plastic overflow (Red Sea reefer) and also the water staining on the inside glass?

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1 part white vinegar and 3 parts water. Spray it all over, let it work, then scrub it off. You can use neat white vinegar too for stubborn patches. Wash it all down with RODI afterwards.
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Perfect thanks - do I need any particular cleaning sponge as I read you have to be careful buying ones for kitchen which may have chemicals on them. Also is a Stanley blade ok on the glass (apart from seals!)?

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Yes, some kitchen sponges have chemicals built in, like some scouring pads. Just a plain sponge should be fine. Stanley blade is fine. Just keep it flat, so the corner doesn't scratch it.
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Yes, some kitchen sponges have chemicals built in, like some scouring pads. Just a plain sponge should be fine. Stanley blade is fine. Just keep it flat, so the corner doesn't scratch it.

It’s coming along nicely now and looking not far off new. The piping for the reefer170 has white deposits in the overflow is it necessary to clean all this out?

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Is it just salt? If so, it'll be fine.
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Is it just salt? If so, it'll be fine.

I’m not sure but I’m doing it anyway got a pipe cleaner online. Here is a photo looking down the tube...


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Ah. They're spiroid worms. I'd just leave it, as they'll just grow back. Harmless filter feeders. They will be dead. Over time new ones will grow in high flow areas. Old shells will eventually break down.
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Ah. They're spiroid worms. I'd just leave it, as they'll just grow back. Harmless filter feeders. They will be dead. Over time new ones will grow in high flow areas. Old shells will eventually break down.


Perfect may not bother cleaning it all then. It’s all nearly ready now but not sure if i need to rinse the tank with RODI now as have been using tap water in tank to clean. Thanks 👍

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Hi,

If its a second hand tank then I would first fill it up with warm water and pour in whole bottle of hydrogen paroxide 9% solution ( tanks 30 gal + ). You can get this at any Tesco Pharmacy. Let it sit for 1 hour, this will eliminate any live organisms that might survive other chemicals. At the end just flush it properly, but dont get paranoid, its not a poison.

Yes you can use tap water for cleaning, why not, just give it a flush with RO and wipe it dry. Its not like few drops of tap water would spike your PO4 and else. Dont worry.

For any dirt on glass, dry - limescale like stains i would recommend Steel Wool - Fine grade, nothing works better on glass and will remove pretty much everything without scratching it ( dont press it too hard - test it on other area first )
Anything more stubborn, just use razor blade, each glide you do, wipe of what came off the glass to prevent scratching with loose material.

Best of luck !

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Hi,

If its a second hand tank then I would first fill it up with warm water and pour in whole bottle of hydrogen paroxide 9% solution ( tanks 30 gal + ). You can get this at any Tesco Pharmacy. Let it sit for 1 hour, this will eliminate any live organisms that might survive other chemicals. At the end just flush it properly, but dont get paranoid, its not a poison.

Yes you can use tap water for cleaning, why not, just give it a flush with RO and wipe it dry. Its not like few drops of tap water would spike your PO4 and else. Dont worry.

For any dirt on glass, dry - limescale like stains i would recommend Steel Wool - Fine grade, nothing works better on glass and will remove pretty much everything without scratching it ( dont press it too hard - test it on other area first )
Anything more stubborn, just use razor blade, each glide you do, wipe of what came off the glass to prevent scratching with loose material.

Best of luck !

Thanks

Thanks very much for the suggestions - I’ll get some hydrogen peroxide and steel wool next! The limescale like stains on the inside glass where the old water level used to be are a right pain to remove. Even a razor blade won’t get them off so hopefully the wire wool will do it.

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Thanks very much for the suggestions - I’ll get some hydrogen peroxide and steel wool next! The limescale like stains on the inside glass where the old water level used to be are a right pain to remove. Even a razor blade won’t get them off so hopefully the wire wool will do it.
They sell steel wool at BQ, ultra fine might be not good enough, but Fine grade should do it, sometimes you have packs with different grades inside to choose from.

Get some stronger bathroom cleaner desigend to tackle limescale so you can soak the steel wool and then rub.
Worked everytime for me.

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