Cleaning an old tank

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    AndyNH

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    Hello, I haven't been here for a while. I was all ready to set up my tank but life got in the way. Attempt 2 is getting started but my 55 gallon tank needs to be cleaned. I read online that a good way to clean the tank was to use vinegar solution. I went to my local aquarium and they said I should only clean with a bleach solution. The vinegar will stay in the tank and kill the fish. The tank used to be used for freshwater fish and there is some stubborn algae in it but the tank itself has been empty for about 2 years.

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    My 110 sat for a week filled with a vinegar solution, then was thoroughly rinsed out. I've had it up for a year and fish are good! I would be more afraid of bleach than vinegar. I can drink vinegar and not die.
     
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    salt_for_brains Alabama Reefer VIP Member

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    +1 white vinegar is used regularly in the hobby even in carbon dosing. I would stay away from the bleach.
     
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    Thanks. I thought bleach sounded a little dangerous to have in the tank. I will clean it with white vinegar.
     
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    Vinegar also dissolves the calcium deposits on the glass. Also doesn't hurt to splash on some full strength vinegar on the stubborn spots.
     
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    JohnVH Reefer Madness VIP Member

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    +1 white vinegar
    I use vinegar to clean everthing
     
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    I wonder how many aquariums have been wiped out by the shop's suggestion:oops:
     
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    +1 white vinegar
    iv also had success with a steam cleaner and Clay Bar, used to valet cars.
     
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