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Old 01/10/2020, 07:49 PM   #1
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How badly would a small amount of dish soap affect a tank?

I recently got a dosing pump. I used dish soap to clean out a container to use with it. I thought I rinsed it thoroughly, but after adding the alkalinity buffer to it, I saw bubbles. I picked out the bubbles and now it doesn't smell like the dish soap.

So, my question is: What's the worst that can happen if a little bit of dish soap gets added to the tank every day along with the alkalinity buffer? I don't want to waste the buffer I poured in there, but I also don't want to slowly poison my tank. Thoughts? Thanks.


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Old 01/10/2020, 10:41 PM   #2
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Have no idea how much you made up but a skimmer will go nuts bubbling away if any soap is introduced. The overflow into the sump will also make a mess possibly.
If it were me id take a portion in a container & put a airstone to it with a small air pump & see what happens if you believe its worth saving verses just dumping. If it goes nuts then you just saved yourself a lot of grief.


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Old 01/12/2020, 09:39 PM   #3
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I've tested it with an airstone and got a negligible amount of soap bubbles. Is that the only thing that's a cause for concern? No chance there's chemicals in the soap that would be harmful to fish or corals?


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Old 01/12/2020, 11:07 PM   #4
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I look at it this way. Are the contents of your tank worth more than the alk buffer? If so, replace the buffer.


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Old 01/13/2020, 11:06 AM   #5
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I look at it this way. Are the contents of your tank worth more than the alk buffer? If so, replace the buffer.
+1 buffer is cheap, why take the risk? i'd dump it and mix up a new batch.

in the future, it's best to avoid any kind of soaps or surfactants when cleaning things for the tank. i only use bleach, vinegar, and hot water for most of my cleaning duties. anything that gets bleached usually gets soaked in some chlorine neutralizer after and rinsed thoroughly.


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Old 01/13/2020, 11:08 AM   #6
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A "small" amount of dish soap like you seem to be describing will have little to no effect on a tank..

And just because you see bubbles doesn't mean its soap..


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Old 01/14/2020, 10:00 AM   #7
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+1 buffer is cheap, why take the risk? i'd dump it and mix up a new batch.

in the future, it's best to avoid any kind of soaps or surfactants when cleaning things for the tank. i only use bleach, vinegar, and hot water for most of my cleaning duties. anything that gets bleached usually gets soaked in some chlorine neutralizer after and rinsed thoroughly.
Yeah, that's kind of what I figured. I still want to reuse the bottle though; what's the best way to get the soap out? Vinegar?


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Yeah, that's kind of what I figured. I still want to reuse the bottle though; what's the best way to get the soap out? Vinegar?
If it's just dish soap, give it a real good rinse a few times and you'll be good to go


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Yeah, that's kind of what I figured. I still want to reuse the bottle though; what's the best way to get the soap out? Vinegar?
i'd probably just rinse it in distilled water a bunch.


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8 Toxic Chemicals In Conventional Dish Soap

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SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate)/SLES (sodium laureth sulfate) ...
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The triclosan is an antibiotic which could harm the sandbed in sufficient amounts. -Amines are questionable. Ammonia and chlorine and formaldehyde about all irrtitant to toxic depending on amount. Phostphate stimulates algae. Not nice. Everything depends on how diluted.


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