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9 years 3 months ago #28155 by Les
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On the side since it was brought up, water treatment that removes chlorine and chloramine is excellent for neautralizing residual bleach when it is used to kill unwanted "critters".  You can surf bleach on line and find the chemical reaction:  I wish I could remember the web site.  If anyone wants it I am sure I can find it again.  I use it to de-critter river rocks I collect for my rift lake tanks where I am more concerned about eggs, casts and so forth.

tanks, tanks everywhere-and nary a tank to spare!!!

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9 years 3 months ago #28129 by BCParker
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I had those little pond snails all over the place.  I tried a clown loach to get rid of them,  no luck.  tried parasite cure labled not safe for invertabrates,  better luck,  but some just turned white.  Salt slows them down too.
Kribensis actually took care of all the small snails.  They like snail eggs too. 


I've broken down and completely cleaned a tank once when I moved.  I used bleach since I figured I could neutralize any residue with tap water conditioner.  Worked fine.  Will never do it again unless it's a very special tank.  next time I move I'll just sell it 'everything included' and let the next person worry about it.

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9 years 3 months ago #28125 by baldtaxguy
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I had a wicked case of snails running through most of my tanks.  Copper worked for a while but at least one always survived and then multipled.  Since I don't keep species that typically munch on molluscan (except for labridens), I did a complete breakdown of the affected tanks.  Threw the gravel into my wife's gardens.  I'll grow out fry and keep labridense on hand for future outbreaks.  I probably took extreme measures but that's another possible reason to perform a full tank breakdown.

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9 years 3 months ago #28124 by nuth88
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Kegger is never wrong, just ask him!
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Back in the day, I used to do a total breakdown 2 times a year, what a waste it was, the loss of bio and "new tank syndrome" with every cleaning....I would say that Keg is 100 correct, only if a disease/parasite is introduced.

Nuthman~

"I guess that's the way the whole durned human comedy keeps perpetuatin' itself."

(The Stranger - 6/1998)

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9 years 3 months ago #28120 by sawboy2
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Kegger is correct

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9 years 3 months ago #28119 by Kegger22
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O nly 2 reasons I could think of to completely tear down a tank, 1st would be if you introduced a fish into it that had some sort of bug and you wanted to make sure it was completely bug free before you put any other fish into it and the 2nd reason would be if you needed to move the tank

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9 years 3 months ago #28118 by GREENWOOD2
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If you clean the filters, do water changes on a regular schedule and use a gravel vac is there any reason to completely tear down and completely clean a tank EVER?

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