View Full Version : Protecting tanks from cleaning chemicals

06/16/2014, 06:05 PM
It took a lot of convincing for the school district let me keep my reef tanks in the classrooms over the summer. One of the stipulations was that they would clean and wax the floor as usual around the tanks.

I'm afraid the volatile chemicals the janitors will use will aerate and get into the tank water. Any ideas how to protect the water quality? They are going to mop the floor with a detergent and ammonia solution and then apply 2 coats of floor wax and then buff it with a machine.

I will run carbon and do frequent water changes during the process. I will check tank perimeters, especially ammonia and pH daily but can't think of much more beyond that. Maybe cover the tops?


06/16/2014, 06:28 PM
I would just run carbon aggressively and maybe keep window open and personally talk to the janitors tell then to be easy on the chems around the tank

06/17/2014, 03:14 PM
In addition, I would keep matts under the tanks (if possible, obviously) so that the janitors wouldn't be able to mop directly under the tanks. You'll need to get clever in order to put them under though, since that's a lot of weight to move.

06/17/2014, 04:23 PM
I agree with keeping fresh carbon in the system. You could consider a carbon filter on the skimmer air intakes, if the tanks have skimmers.