Going Green: How to Clean a Used Aquarium Tank Going Green: How to Clean a Used Aquarium Tank

What You'll Need
White vinegar
Baking soda
Scrubbing brush
Scouring sponge
Plastic scraper
Dustpan brush

Keeping an aquarium tank in good condition will mean that it needs to cleaned on a regular basis, which will mean knowing how to complete the process properly. It is a part of the maintenance routine that must be undertaken properly to ensure the fish remain healthy and will be especially beneficial for a used tank. By following some steps that encompass green principles, you will find it possible to complete the process using a method that will do no harm to the environment.    

Step 1 – Inspection

Start by inspecting the aquarium tank to get an idea of the extent of cleaning required. Do this after taking the hood off the tank and, if necessary, disassembling any accessories. Removing equipment such as lights and filters may make the process easier. You should particularly take care when checking the corners and the lower edge where debris deposits are most likely to gather.

Step 2 – Remove Excess   

Start by removing the bulk of any debris in the aquarium tank, which can be undertaken with a plastic scraper. This will ensure that the glass does not get damaged during the process. Make sure that the blade of the scraper is evenly laid against the glass before working it over the surface. Do the same with the hood. Remove any loose particles after you have removed as much as you are able with a dustpan brush.

Step 3 – Treat     

After removal of the excess, you will be able to treat the aquarium tank to remove any residue that remains. Where the tank is affected by stubborn dirt, you may find it necessary to soak it first. If necessary, lay the aquarium on its side so that the surface you intend to treat is horizontal. Create a mixture of half a cup of white vinegar and two tablespoons of baking soda. Combine the components thoroughly before applying it to the affected surface. Leave it in place for approximately 15 minutes before using the scraper or the scouring sponge to clean, depending on how dirty the tank. Once it has been cleaned, thoroughly rinse the tank out with water.    

Step 4 – Clean  

In the event that you want to immediately clean the tank, this can be undertaken with the white vinegar/baking soda solution or with lemon juice. The baking soda can be used as an abrasive to remove the debris by sprinkling it over the surface. Apply some lemon juice or white vinegar to a cloth before using this to scrub the surface. Work methodically and pay attention to the corners and edges. If necessary, rinse the aquarium tank with water and repeat the process. Lemon juice and white vinegar are acidic enough to make them an option to use neat. Saturate a cloth with the substance and use this to wipe the tank and the hood. Follow this by rinsing it out with clean water.

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