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[APD] Re: How to disinfect an acrylic aqauarium
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 21:54:03 -0400 (EDT)
From: Joanne000 at webtv_net (Joanne Damon)
Subject: [APD] How to disinfect an acrylic aqauarium
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
My daughter was given a slightly used acrylic aquarium.. What is the
best way to disinfect it. Is bleach ok to use?? Also on the outside
there is some left over paper and glue from a sticker. I usually use
nail polish remover for this, but I don't think it should be used on
acrylic. Any ideas?
joanne000 at webtv_net
Some plastic tanks turn frosty when exposed to bleach, so test an area
of the bottom if you feel you *must* use it.
Drying thoroughly has always been my favorite way to disinfect a strange
tank. Very few aquatic organisms of any serious concern can survive
that. A good wash with dish detergent, thorough rinse, and drying in the
sun will kill anything you might worry about, IMHO.
Use rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) on the labels. Soak for a while, and
they should rub right off. Nail-polish remover will dissolve the tank,
so don't try it. The alcohol is also a great antibacterial for general
tank cleaning. Get the kind of rubbing alcohol that has no lanolin or
other added oils -- usually the cheaper kind.
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