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What's the best way to clean out my new stock tank? I've used vinegar before and rinsed well. is there a problem with that?

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What's the material?

a new stock tank I usually just rinse. Vinegar is a good substance for helping remove some oils if there seems to be a slight residue.

I think mine got rained on

I basically rinsed it but I did mist it with vinegar as I wasn't sure what it was possibly subject to in the yard at TSC.

When I was doing hydroponics, I would clean at the end of every grow out of fish or plants. I washed everything out with either hydrogen peroxide or iodine and still do in case of fish kill or other hazards that would cause a stop and restart of the system. Otherwise I would most likely just leave it be unless a problem develops. Vinegar is safe and i use it or other acids to break down hard water scale on older systems.

This might not be a good idea for AP...but in just about all my other (hydro) set ups, 10% solution of bleach, then rinse with water. Does anyone know if this is not a good idea with AP and if so, why?

First use bleach then a soap to get the oils.  Then rinse for a while.  bleach solutions will kill any microbes.  It's always better to start at square one.

I've got the stock tank filled but now I am challenged with using only one pump to feed three other things and the fourth (or original tank)  Clarification: I currently have a 55 gal glass aquarium with a pump up to a 55g blue barrel which loop siphons to my grow bed which in turn loop siphons back into the original glass 55. I have placed the 110gal stock tank under the glass tank and would like to only use one pump. I don't know if the glass is tempered so I can't drill to loop or overflow.

If I do a continuous over the side siphon and it is faster OR slower than the pump it will cause the glass55 to overflow. suggestions?

No holes overflows can be made that will not drain out by adding another couple elbows on the bottoms of each end so it will stay primed but even doing that, a no holes overflow can be prone to failure if it gets gas.

You would still need to be able to balance the flow so that the inflow to that tank doesn't outpace the overflow, just as with any drain, you have to make sure the drain is big enough to handle the flow or you have to be able to adjust the inflow so as not to outpace the drain.  Even then there is always some danger that a clog or a no holes overflow that gets gas could cause a problem.

How are you TC? -been awhile...

I may have thought of a repositioning Idea that gives potential energy a chance to pump start a siphon everytime it is needed. I'll literally be talking to my mechanic about it. He is my cousin who is already familiar with my crazy Ideas. This would be able to pump over the wall.

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