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    Default Best way to sterilze used heater

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    What's the best way to make sure a used heater doesn't transfer any undesirables into a new tank?

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    scrub it with a brush

    rinse it in a diluted bleach solution

    rinse again in clean water

    ready to go!

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    Right on! Thanks

    Does it matter how diluted? 1 part bleach/1 part water? 1 part bleach/2 parts water...?

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    19 parts water to 1 part bleach. Rinse with clean water until you smell no bleach on heater at all.

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    Never heard of sterilizing a heater.

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    what jeffsdime said will work great.

    and Hobbs, I could see why you would want to sterilize it.
    i have a 50watt in my QT right now and come winter when it gets super duper cold. i'd like an extra heater in my main tank to help with the heat distribution, so ill clean that heater to make sure nothing gross is on it that could hurt my healthy fish.

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    Just make sure you thoroughly soak it in water for several hours after using bleach. Use plenty of decholrinator in the soak.

    I'd opt for vinegar rather than bleach - it's sterilising properties are almost as good, but it's far safer to use around aquarium equipment. I believe it also won't degrade water-tight seals (which bleach can do on electrical equipment).

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    I just scrub it with a clean sponge, let dry for a week and reuse. never had problems with my heater transferring anything bad. I avoid using bleach whenever I can.
    your friendly neighbourhood arowanaman!

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    I like the idea of using vinegar instead of bleach. It'll be much less diluted than if I used bleach but, yea, I'll scrub it, soak it in maybe 1/2 and 1/2 vinegar water, then let it soak in dechlorinated water overnight. It's been unused and dried out for quite a while (6 months at least, I'd say) so I don't think I'd need to let it dry out again after the above treatment is complete. Unless there's something specific about that suggestion that I don't know about ...?


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