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Old 06-06-2014, 01:40 AM
 
Location: Earth
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After a big clean up of an old property, I found some old aquariums. Some have had rainwater and junk sitting in them for years.

Can these be cleaned and reused and if so, what should I clean/sanitize them with?

All help appreciated.
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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If they haven't dried out it shouldn't be an issue. Id use Oxy Clean and leave over night then scrub, then bleach it out then scrub and see what is left. After that you're left with elbow grease and vinegar. You may have to redo some of the steps.
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:01 AM
 
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If they no longer hold water or look like they might leak they could be converted into terrariums /

https://www.google.ca/search?q=Terra...ctive&tbm=isch
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Old 06-08-2014, 02:08 PM
 
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Lets assume these are glass aquariums...

Bleach will work to remove any organic matter. If it is crusted water deposits lemon juice and a razor blade.

I would definitely fill these and look for leaks before using them. Actually esp. if they have been in the sun-the safest thing to do and what I would recommend would be to re silicone all the joints. Use a razor blade to remove old silicone and follow directions on the package.
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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After a big clean up of an old property, I found some old aquariums. Some have had rainwater and junk sitting in them for years.

Can these be cleaned and reused and if so, what should I clean/sanitize them with?

All help appreciated.

I wouldn't trust them, especially the seal since it's been left outside. If they are meta-frame slate tank, that's another story. Just need some hot water to seal them up. You can get decent money for those as well.
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Old 06-18-2014, 03:35 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Thanks a lot guys!

I sat some water in them to check for leaks and they're all good.

A final wipe and rinse with vinegar brought them up nice. I kept one and gave the rest to a wildlife rescue group.

Thanks muchly!
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