Sterilizing Aquariums and Equipment
Ardan Huck March 14, 2003

To sterilize an aquarium, a 10% bleach solution can be put in the aquarium for two to three hours. Then the aquarium must be rinsed thoroughly. When filling with water it is then recommended to add two to three times the normal dechlorinating product to help neutralize any residual bleach.

Another method of sterilizing is to use "rubbing alcohol." This can be sprayed on or used to wash the aquarium. Care must be taken as it is flammable and should be used in a well ventilated area. Also, protective measures should be taken to protect the skin, i.e. rubber gloves and safety glasses.

To sterilize a sponge filter, moisten the sponge and place it in the microwave on high for three minutes. Be careful when removing it as it will be very hot and could cause skin burns.

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