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 Post subject: Used tanks
PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:48 am 
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A special thanks to IseeFish for being so ever vigilant and helping me with finding some used tanks.

I have always bought new and now I have two used 40g acrylics tanks. I need some suggestions as to how to throughly clean the two tanks. They have some typical "grunge" and who knows what else might be growing inside.

They are going to be my breeder tanks...I'm pretty excited.

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 Post subject: Re: Used tanks
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Anytime. Your welcome. I sure wished I still lived down there, especially when that pet store closed down and gave away all those tanks for free. I would have been set for life.

I think the hardest thing is getting the acrylic clean without scratching it up. Worst case scenario would be to go ahead and scrub it out with a pad and then going to a plexiglass store like TAPS and getting a polishing kits to bluff out the scratches. You can always fill it up and let it soak and gradually wipe the insides with a soft sponge over time.

As for what might be growing in there, bleach it out as that should kill everything in there. The bleach should also take care of any stains in the tank. Just constantly rise out the tank over and over again over a period of days to a week and you should be fine. They also sell bleach neutralizer at the LFS that I have used after bleaching my corals. I still rised the corals dozens and dozens of times over a period of days just to be safe.

Enjoy the new tanks and your search for new Vics.


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Me and Tap plastics are close buddies....all these yrs of acrylic tanks, they are a life saver.

The nasty stuff is at the bottom so I'm not too worried about scratching. They are going to be breeders/grow out tanks so the aesthetics are no big deal.

I was hoping I wouldn't hear the "bleach" word but I guess that the only way to be sure nothing nasty is still living in there.

Thank you for your time and wisdom, I've got some cleaning...and lots of rinsing to do!

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kill everything with bleach.

then use various wet sand paper, rubbing compound, and plexi polish from tap plastics.
the tank will be good as new.

If you decide to use a power buffer, just be careful and move the buffer to other areas, they create alot of heat spinning that fast and will melt the surface layer of acrylic.
if you move the buffer around, its not a problem.

you can scratch a plexi tank with a nail pretty deep.
smooth it out with wet sand paper, then use compound and polish, and you can't even tell the gouge was there.

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TR6,

Thanks for your input! Ok, I got it, bleach, bleach, bleach.......

I'll see if the bleach takes out the gunk/grime.....maybe a slightly abraisive sponge to the tough spots.

Ok, after the work is done, I need some more fish :lol:

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Ya I agree just bleach a bunch and more important, rinse even more!!! Congrats on the new breeder tanks.

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l love used tanks and being in california.
LFS is moving, so they are unloading tanks.

I'm debating getting 2 eight food plexi tanks for 80 bucks each.
they have dividers, so its good for grow outs or plecos.
won't set them up for awhile though, but figure 8 foot plexi with colored backs for 80 each is not a bad deal.

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I have use muratic acid to get rid of calcium build up... Bleach works 2...


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tr6";p="1794 wrote:
l love used tanks and being in california.
LFS is moving, so they are unloading tanks.

I'm debating getting 2 eight food plexi tanks for 80 bucks each.
they have dividers, so its good for grow outs or plecos.
won't set them up for awhile though, but figure 8 foot plexi with colored backs for 80 each is not a bad deal.


That's a steal...grab them both!!!

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Two 8 foot tanks for 80 bucks each!!!!! That is a steal.

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Congrats on the tanks


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Hey TR6, that is one plus about CA being in a finacial crisis. Businesses are closing down all over the place which sucks and I feel sorry for them. But good for us who are looking for deals.

$80 for those tanks is a great deal. A store up here was selling 15' divided tanks, but asking $500. Enjoy the tanks.


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