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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V2 #1145

Date: Thu, 18 Dec 1997 08:01:31 -0600
From: John_P_Bonin at DeluxeData_com
Subject: bleaching a re-start up
I've broken everything down in my tank due to a bad algae problem.
However, it's hard to clean all the crevices on my filters, not to mention
getting inside all the hoses.  My gravel has been rinsed (with plain water)
and is back in my tank.  I'm thinking of filling my tank with water and
bleach, afterwhich I would run the filters and swish the gravel around.
Then I would drain and refill a few times with plain water for the rinsing
process.  Is this acceptable or will it cause problems, especially when the
nitrifying bacteria try to colonize?
I do this all the time with bare tanks, I don't feel the gravel is a large
enough expenditure and probably can harbor "unreachable" algae fragments to
chance it. I also spend about $5.00 on as much cheap dechlorinator as I can get
for that amount of money. I run the water/dechlorinator for a day or two, drain
and rinse several times, then refill. I run the new water for several days
without a top on the tank before adding anything. I am a little cautious,
spreading the process over several days but I would feel pretty comfortable
doing it all in a day.