We’ve heard a lot about weekly water-care and regular tank maintenance. But if you own a float tank, what happens in 2 years? 4 years? What is the long-term up keep of a sensory deprivation tank?
We are going to answer some of your most-asked questions in regards to long-term float tank maintenance:
When do you have to replace the water?
We recommend fully draining and replacing the water in your float tank every 1 - 1.5 years. However, if you stay up on regular water maintenance it can be maintained for 2 years.
How do you know when it’s time to change the water?
If you fail to stay up on regular water maintenance, the salt can settle, rust can develop and pH levels can be disrupted. If this happens the water can be saved in some cases, but in other cases it will be time to replace. More on that later.
Some other signs to look for that means it is time to change the water is if your tank develops a “locker room smell” or if the pH levels won’t stabilize. For example, if you add pH down and the levels bounce right back up, that means the water is unstable and too old to maintain.
How do you drain a tank?
The best way to drain a tank is to use a sump pump connected to a hose that can pump the water into a drain. If you don't have a sump pump available you can always use the pump that's part of your filtration system. Keep in mind it will take a bit longer using the second method.
VIDEO: Removing + Replacing Float Tank Water
In this video we two float specialists from Zen explain more on completely draining and replacing your old float tank water.
Changing + Upgrading Old Parts
We recommend changing or upgrading old parts as we release updated products. We are constantly making improvements to our products as we learn and grow as a company. So when the upgrade comes out, it is a big improvement from the previous product to ensure you have the best float and float tank as possible.
Cleaning + Disinfecting The Tank
There is weekly maintenance which includes checking water levels like salt saturation, and pH and hydrogen peroxide levels. There is also monthly maintenance which includes cleaning the walls and tank interior with a hydrogen peroxide mixture.
To read more about regular float tank maintenance click here.
Recovering Dirty + Old Water
Life happens. And sometimes you miss a couple weeks, or a couple months, of regular water maintenance. What happens when you do? Can you recover water that has gone bad?
Short answer is yes, you can recover the water.
Recovering water usually makes sense unless the water is over 1 year old. The best way to recover water is to start with a shock treatment using peroxide, by adding 10 times your normal dose. Let it sit and check levels after 2-3 hours, then maintain as usual.
Water usually can't be recovered if the chemical levels aren't stable, meaning if you add pH down and it bounces back up, that means the water is too old. Also, if it has a locker room smell then that's a good sign the water is bad.
What if I move? How do I transport the tank? Can I transport the water?
If you move, both the tank and the water can definitely be transported. Use a sump pump to drain the water, but run the hose into the largest gallon container you can find instead of draining it. Once you pack the tank up and get it in the new spot you can place the sump pump in the gallon storage container and run the hose back into the tank.