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    Default What to clean 55 gal drum that held vinegar

    So straight water till completely gone or a little bleach? Any suggestions?

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    Default Re: What to clean 55 gal drum that held vinegar

    I always just use salt and vinegar to clean my used aquariums... maybe just add a bit of salt, give it a good scrubbing, rinse till all clear and sun dry?
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    Default Re: What to clean 55 gal drum that held vinegar

    That would be a good idea except they are clsealed tops with 2 small ports. But im sure a salt solution and rotating barrels on the ground could work.

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    Default Re: What to clean 55 gal drum that held vinegar

    I cut the tops off closed ones with a reciprocating saw. Leave the lip, as they can warp a bit without it.

    Bleach, cup per 10 gallon is a fine.

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    Default Re: What to clean 55 gal drum that held vinegar

    Cool Adam thankyou! I am gonna store these in a closet so i chose to have the tops closed. Gonna pipe them with a pump out top ports to fill tanks.

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    Sounds good, just make sure to rinse until the smell is gone. I usually drain and fill a couple times with some dechlor and let it dry.

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    Default Re: What to clean 55 gal drum that held vinegar

    Hey everyone,
    So i have cleaned my barrels over and over and have even stored bleach water in them. I let them sit dry for a couple days and the vinegar smell is still strong enough that when you take a wiff it pierces your nose. So do you think this is harmfull to the discus? I have now filled them up again and have them soaking in bleach wTer as we speak.
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    Default Re: What to clean 55 gal drum that held vinegar

    Try baking soda to neutralize the vinegar... and then Prime to neutralize the bleach. Then rinse, rinse, rinse.
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    Default Re: What to clean 55 gal drum that held vinegar

    Thats actually a great idea thankyou! I did use prime the other day to neutralize the bleach and will do that again. I talked to a discus breeder tonight and he told me that back in the day. (Old school). They used vinegar to lower the ph and it should be fine. I would still rather clean out as im using straight tap and my stendkers like it just fine. Gonna do baking soda tomarrow. Thanks again!

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