Never upgrading again! Journal update 1/7

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Re: Never upgrading again! Journal update 1/2

Post by wodesorel » Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:18 pm

Bleach is great for sterilizing it if you don't know it's history or if it had reptiles. (Since they carry salmonella.) Since there are several types of bacteria that will grow in fish and animal tanks that can affect humans, sometimes it's best to start with a sterile tank.

White vinegar is the way to go to remove hard water and salt build-up. I've soaked tanks for days to get off heavy crud - all you have to do is lay the tank on the side that needs soaking and fill it up with just enough vinegar to cover it without it running over the top edge. Keep and eye on it so the vinegar doesn't evaporate all the way, and once one side is clean rotate the tank so the other sides get a soaking. Takes time, but it works!
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Re: Never upgrading again! Journal update 1/2

Post by NeviNuNu » Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:44 pm

Good work zoey!!! You got the hard part done!!! You move quick!!
I had a tank with algea I'm the corners and the worst hard water stains. I mean really bad! It housed 3 red eared sliders. I did what wodesorel said by leaving in on it side with vinegar, except it really didn't take long for it to have to sit there and I used a green scrubby sponge (the 3m scotch brand) and scrubbed lightly in circular movements. For some reason if you scrub in one direction it doesn't work. The tank looks like new. I honestly thought it was going to have those stains forever since I had tried everything else.
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Shell babies: 16 PPs, 5 Es, 2 Violas, 2 Indos, 3 Straws & 2 Blues

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Re: Never upgrading again! Journal update 1/2

Post by fate4003 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:07 pm

That tank looks great! I can't wait to see when its done!

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Re: Never upgrading again! Journal update 1/2

Post by amolkentine » Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:05 pm

That is real cool. Now you have nice room for your crabs. :crabbigsmile:
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Re: Never upgrading again! Journal update 1/7

Post by Zoeythelost » Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:55 pm

Shamelessly bumping my own thread to show off my new tank
4 PPs: Hermie, Struder 2 Es: Ebert, E-wee, Edee, Ego
3 Violas: Monster, Charcoal, Devil. 2 Blueberries: Purples, Blues
5 Ruggies: Bug, Tug, Lug, Mud, Kirby. 1 Indo: Solo
4 Fish, 2 dogs, Woodlice, and 1 human child.

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Re: Never upgrading again! Journal update 1/7

Post by NeviNuNu » Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:09 pm

Wow sweetie you were busy!!! I love it!! It's like a little jungle in there!!! It's really awesome!!!! I can't wait to hear how the shell babies react to it. I can't wait for you to order again with me because that tank needs more inhabitants!!! :0P can't wait!!!
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Shell babies: 16 PPs, 5 Es, 2 Violas, 2 Indos, 3 Straws & 2 Blues

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Re: Never upgrading again! Journal update 1/7

Post by CrabbyMom33 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:21 pm

Your tank looks fantastic! Nice job!
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Re: Never upgrading again! Journal update 1/7

Post by SoulLonely » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:46 pm

yea for update pics!!! The tank looks awesome! good job :)
PP- Currie (boy), Turnip (boy), Maddie (boy), Pineapple (girl), Scaredy (boy), Tremble (girl), Bitty Bite (girl), Frisky (unknown), Chloe (male), Big&Beautiful (female), unnamed (male), 3 unnamed (unknown)
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Re: Never upgrading again! Journal update 1/7

Post by ginapo » Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:15 pm

You did such an amazing job! It looks super awesome. I like how you did your lid, too. : )
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Re: Never upgrading again! Journal update 1/7

Post by Zoeythelost » Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:23 pm

ginapo wrote:You did such an amazing job! It looks super awesome. I like how you did your lid, too. : )
Thanks. The lid actually isn't finished yet. We aren't sure if it is going to work or not. Right now i'm just using the lid that doesnt fit with books on top of it to hold it in place.
4 PPs: Hermie, Struder 2 Es: Ebert, E-wee, Edee, Ego
3 Violas: Monster, Charcoal, Devil. 2 Blueberries: Purples, Blues
5 Ruggies: Bug, Tug, Lug, Mud, Kirby. 1 Indo: Solo
4 Fish, 2 dogs, Woodlice, and 1 human child.

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Re: Never upgrading again! Journal update 1/7

Post by amolkentine » Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:39 am

It looks Awesome, you did a Great job putting it together.
55 Gallon with 4 PPs
7 Dogs, 4 Kids..1 Very Awesome Hubby who is so very helpful, patience, and loving.

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