Bleach solution for cleaning equipment

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by itsacrispy, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. itsacrispy

    itsacrispy Supporting Member

    Hi all,

    I tried searching for this answer but couldn't find anything substantive. What percentage bleach solution should I use to clean equipment? Can I run pumps in a bleach solution? And what is the procedure after the bleach bath to make the equipment reef safe?

    Thanks all!
  2. Gablami

    Gablami Supporting Member

    I don't understand why you feel the need to bleach your equipment. It is unnecessary. But do as you will...

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  3. itsacrispy

    itsacrispy Supporting Member

    I'm moving equipment from an old tank to a new tank, I'd like to kill any potential nasties before they move into my new tank.
  4. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    10:1 ratio of water to bleach should be more than sufficient, just make sure you put your equipment in clean water after then use prime (or similar) while it's running to make sure you get everything.

    But yeah, bleach is overkill for equipment.
  5. itsacrispy

    itsacrispy Supporting Member

    Thanks. I think I've been out of the hobby for too long. I seem t remember 10 years ago folks were bleaching everything if they had to restart.
  6. I got stock in Chlorox so by all means
  7. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Do you really?
  8. I have a habit of selling stock right before it explodes ...:( Apple, Costco, Visa, Chevron..
  9. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Feel free to bleach if you want.

    But it all depends on what problem you are trying to solve.

    Ich cysts - yes, bleach. Rare.
    Embedded nitrates and phosphates in rock or sand - soak in water for weeks, with lanthanum
    Calcium buildup - soak in water with vinegar or acid
  10. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster

  11. about it combines with phosphate and ends up as sediment on the ground right? does it need to be removed physically or can it stay on the sandbed?
  12. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    Correct. It’s LaPO4 and a bit gunky IME. I personally would not leave it in a display. I would setup a reactor. Do you currently have very hi PO4?

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  13. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    Bleach solution is the best way to make sure that you have destroyed all critters. It is what I use when I want to be sure I have killed everything

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  14. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Do NOT use it by adding to your display tank directly.
    The precipitate particles supposedly cause problems.

    It is great for curing live rock in a bucket. Just wash afterwards.

    If you use it for your main system as phosphate control, carefully make a reactor.
    There are various threads on that on RC.
  15. can you elaborate on the precipitate particules causing problems.... if i accidentally get lanthanum chloride into a do I get it out?
  16. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Surprised to hear you can use it on a running system at all. I’ve only ever heard of it being used to pull po4 from rock that is curing.
  17. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    I’ve used it in a running system. Dose very slowly into the overflow and into a sock to collect the percipitate

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  18. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit Vice President

    I've also used it in a system before. I think I have a few details about it n my 300g journal build.

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  19. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Officer at large

    Do you use the same kind that you get at the pool supply place?

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