Clean and store Flourite - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-30-2012, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Guru
 
james0816's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: VA
Posts: 2,083
Clean and store Flourite

I just pulled it out of a 10g tank. Tank was running a little over a year. Just wasn't satisfied with the results I was getting so went in favor of my favorite STS.

Anyway....kinda curious as to what would be the best way to clean the old Flourite and store it for future use?
james0816 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-30-2012, 03:17 PM
Moderator
 
Darkblade48's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Toronto/Singapore
Posts: 10,179
Quote:
Originally Posted by james0816 View Post
I just pulled it out of a 10g tank. Tank was running a little over a year. Just wasn't satisfied with the results I was getting so went in favor of my favorite STS.

Anyway....kinda curious as to what would be the best way to clean the old Flourite and store it for future use?
Rinse, let it dry out (perhaps spread it out on some tarp), and then pour into a bucket.

Anthony

A Primer to Pressurized CO2 and A Primer to Planted Tanks
Eheim Pimp #362 - Eheim 2213 x2, Eheim 2028, Eheim 2217, Eheim surface skimmer and Eheim autofeeder.
Victor Pimp #33 - HPT272-125-350-4M
Darkblade48 is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 02:49 PM
Planted Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA, Earth
Posts: 234
Cation-Exchange Capability!

An idea I have and surely it is not original is soaking it in a bucket with fertilizers. Stirring up the whole contents top to bottom a few times per day. This way the Florite soaks in all the ferts it is able to (search CEC). So when you reuse it there will be ferts inside the Florite.

Then just lay it out over the greatest available space to dry on a tarpaulin then store it sealed well in an appropriately sized bucket.

-Zach
beginragnarok is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 03:38 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
jmhart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Atlanta,GA
Posts: 1,635
When I moved across the country years ago (had to move multiple tanks with flourite and eco complete), I drained the tanks, scooped all the substrate into buckets, drained the substrate best I could using my hands/scoop, and then just left them in the buckets. They dried. Nothing grew. Sat like that for years before being used again. No problems.
jmhart is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 04:15 PM
flc
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 71
If you don't have the time to slowly dry and/or solarize the substrate, try baking it at 450 F for an hour, let it cool for a day, and put it into a sealed container to keep out dust and mold. A cheap rimmed cookie sheet works well for ashing/baking/mineralizing.

Last edited by flc; 01-02-2013 at 04:16 PM. Reason: commas,
flc is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 03:14 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Contra Costa CA
Posts: 11,641
I've never done anything fancy with old substrate.
Rinse and dump into buckets. I do not seal the buckets right away (if ever) and the substrate may stay damp for quite a while. As long as it is clean that is OK.
Diana is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-04-2013, 12:51 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
astrosag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Southern California (LA)
Posts: 712
Making sure the substrate is clean is more important than keeping it dry. Making sure of both is optimal but being a little sloppy in regards to keeping it dry shouldn't cause you any problems.

Rinse it well, let as much water drain as possible (or leave it in the sun for a day) and that should be enough in all practicality.
astrosag is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome