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what to clean stock tank with?

Postby farmboy80 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:02 pm

What do you guys (and girls ) use to clean algae out of stock tank?
Thought about pouring a little bleach in it, if so how much. It's a metal 100 gal. tank.
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Postby Bigfoot » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:17 pm

I just let mine get low enough to tip over, and then pressure wash it. Don't do that very often either.
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Re: what to clean stock tank with?

Postby farmboy80 » Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:45 am

Thanks greybeard. That's a helpful topic. I didn't know it was talked about already. Appreciate the head's up!
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Postby Bigfoot » Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:32 am

I tried goldfish after that thread, and couldn't get them to live.
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Postby Rafter S » Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:27 am

Bigfoot wrote:I tried goldfish after that thread, and couldn't get them to live.


I have some that have lasted for years. Is your water chlorinated?
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Postby TCRanch » Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:07 am

We stuck with the bleach. Cheap, easy, works well.
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Postby Bigfoot » Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:09 am

Rafter S wrote:
Bigfoot wrote:I tried goldfish after that thread, and couldn't get them to live.


I have some that have lasted for years. Is your water chlorinated?



Usually this tank had well water. Occasionally it had chlorinated. If the chlorinated was put directly on the bottom, it didn't seem to affect them.
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Postby boondocks » Fri May 05, 2017 4:35 pm

Here's what I do for bad algae:
Rinse well with powerwasher; then add some water and scrub with a good stiff scrub brush and Dawn detergent;rinse; add heavyduty outdoor bleach (I use about a third or half gallon per tub, but have no idea if that's overkill); fill to top with water; let sit a bit then rinse well.

I don't necessarily do the bleach step every time
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Postby skyhightree1 » Fri May 05, 2017 9:13 pm

boondocks wrote:Here's what I do for bad algae:
Rinse well with powerwasher; then add some water and scrub with a good stiff scrub brush and Dawn detergent;rinse; add heavyduty outdoor bleach (I use about a third or half gallon per tub, but have no idea if that's overkill); fill to top with water; let sit a bit then rinse well.

I don't necessarily do the bleach step every time


Ditto but I always use bleach
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Re: what to clean stock tank with?

Postby boondocks » Sat May 06, 2017 8:21 pm

skyhightree1 wrote:
boondocks wrote:Here's what I do for bad algae:
Rinse well with powerwasher; then add some water and scrub with a good stiff scrub brush and Dawn detergent;rinse; add heavyduty outdoor bleach (I use about a third or half gallon per tub, but have no idea if that's overkill); fill to top with water; let sit a bit then rinse well.

I don't necessarily do the bleach step every time


Ditto but I always use bleach


glad to hear it. I've been wondering if bleach is overkill and a bit worried there's residue left that might not be good for them. I do rinse rinse rinse though.
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Re: what to clean stock tank with?

Postby skyhightree1 » Sat May 06, 2017 8:23 pm

boondocks wrote:
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boondocks wrote:Here's what I do for bad algae:
Rinse well with powerwasher; then add some water and scrub with a good stiff scrub brush and Dawn detergent;rinse; add heavyduty outdoor bleach (I use about a third or half gallon per tub, but have no idea if that's overkill); fill to top with water; let sit a bit then rinse well.

I don't necessarily do the bleach step every time


Ditto but I always use bleach


glad to hear it. I've been wondering if bleach is overkill and a bit worried there's residue left that might not be good for them. I do rinse rinse rinse though.


Well bleach what little left won't kill them.. folks that are on county water it has some chemicals in it. The dr even suggest bleach in bath water if person has diabetes so can't be but so bad.. I generally hit wally world in the fall and buy pool bleach
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Re: what to clean stock tank with?

Postby NolanCountyAG » Sat May 06, 2017 10:55 pm

Handful of cornmeal for a few days and then every other week.
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Postby Stocker Steve » Sun May 07, 2017 5:48 am

NolanCountyAG wrote:Handful of cornmeal for a few days and then every other week.


corn meal kills algae ?

must be a GMO thing
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Re: what to clean stock tank with?

Postby True Grit Farms » Sun May 07, 2017 6:57 am

skyhightree1 wrote:
boondocks wrote:
skyhightree1 wrote:
Ditto but I always use bleach


glad to hear it. I've been wondering if bleach is overkill and a bit worried there's residue left that might not be good for them. I do rinse rinse rinse though.


Well bleach what little left won't kill them.. folks that are on county water it has some chemicals in it. The dr even suggest bleach in bath water if person has diabetes so can't be but so bad.. I generally hit wally world in the fall and buy pool bleach


A little bleach is a good thing.
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