Properly shutting down a tank?

UMan101

Well-Known Member
BRS Member
#1
Hey guys,

Just about done selling off all the livestock in my tank. Getting close to shutting the tank down. I'm worried that when I power it down it'll start to smell (no water flow, algae dying, random die off, etc). It's located in my living room so I want to keep it as smell free and as clean as possible

Any suggestions on how best to go about this?
 

BiGGiePauls33

YT/GreatBeardedReef
BRS Member
Officer
#3
Hey guys,

Just about done selling off all the livestock in my tank. Getting close to shutting the tank down. I'm worried that when I power it down it'll start to smell (no water flow, algae dying, random die off, etc). It's located in my living room so I want to keep it as smell free and as clean as possible

Any suggestions on how best to go about this?
Thoroughly clean it out with vinegar and make sure it's completely dry after. I didn't do that with a nano tank and lemme tell you the combination of rotten eggs and low tide was unbearable.
 

Greg Hiller

BRS Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
BRS Member
#5
Generally a tank with just salt water will not start to smell bad. What happens (generally) is that there's a lot of sulfate in salt water. If there are areas of low oxygen certain bacteria can use the sulfate as a respiration source, converting it into hydrogen sulfide (stinky). So if you've left any sand behind (like at least a 1/2 inch) or any rock and there is no water motion, then the hydrogen sulfide might start to accumulate.
 

UMan101

Well-Known Member
BRS Member
#6
Generally a tank with just salt water will not start to smell bad. What happens (generally) is that there's a lot of sulfate in salt water. If there are areas of low oxygen certain bacteria can use the sulfate as a respiration source, converting it into hydrogen sulfide (stinky). So if you've left any sand behind (like at least a 1/2 inch) or any rock and there is no water motion, then the hydrogen sulfide might start to accumulate.
well put! this is a solid breakdown makes sense. thanks for the info
 

dz6t

Acro Garden, BRS Sponsor
BRS Member
#7
The proper way to break down a tank is to use a sledge hammer. One swing and you are all set... then call the cleaning company and tell them you have a dinner party of one...like John Wick did.

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