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    So I've been searching around, but can't find an answer.

    I'm planning on setting up a tank I kept fish in a few years ago, but it and the equipment really need to be cleaned out. It's a 5-gal acrylic bow-front.

    I know soaps and the like are a BIG no-no. I went and looked in a couple pet stores today, and neither had anything on display that looked like it was safe for acrylic tanks to scrub them.

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    Cleaned out of what exactly? If it's been dry for some length of time any nasties will have perished. If it's scale build up just use vinager.

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    The last set up was a planted tank too, and I'm pretty sure the substrate's still in it.

    Plus, I'm not sure what to use to scrub, since it's acrylic and nearly everything I have has been washed with laundry detergents.

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    Tip it out. Rinse well with plain water a few times to get all the particles out. Get a soft cloth. Wett well with vinegar and wipe. Rinse again and see wherd you are.

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    Does it matter if the cloth has been washed with detergents? I've tried to religiously stay away from them with anything that's working with the tanks.

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    Not that much. I wouldn't use fabric softener though. But for your peace of mind... take a fresh one and shake and squeeze in some water first. Modern detergents don't leave that much residue and are designed more and more to be biodegradable.

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    I used windex on tanks I bought used and were dirty first, then wiped it all with rubbing alcohol. No problems till this day. You can use pretty much any soap or detergent but have to sterilize it with alcohol after.

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    All you really need to use is some vinegar followed by a really good rinse or two in some clean tap water
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    Windex is an option but it won't do that much for scale buildup. It also contains Mirapol® Surf S-210 which I wouldn't want in my tank in any large amounts so do rinse after using.

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    You could use paper towels if you want to wipe and dry out the inside.

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