Cleaning old used substrare / Flourite
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Substrate


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-09-2012, 11:55 AM   #1
Aftica
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Aftica's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
Posts: 364
Default

Cleaning old used substrare / Flourite


Well... resetting up my planted tank and of course would like to save a few dollars by re-using my old flourite. Now... shamefully it was left in a semi wet state, uncleaned, for quite some time.... a little white 'fuzz' did get on the surface... and now I am unsure if or how to clean it all up.

I was thinking that when it warms up a bit take the flourite out to the driveway, place a few scoops into a 5 gallon plastic bucket and nail it with 1800 PSI from the pressurevwasher, rinse, repeat, and drain. Then do a few more scoops etc. Till all the Flourite has been cleaned. I am unsure if this will prevent the mold (fuzz) from returning once back in the tank.

I thought of cleaning with soap / dish liquid etc.... and then rinsing a lot. Also thought of bleach / Javex as well.... but I would think Flourite is quite porus and feared that I would never in a million years get the residue out of it - and would kill the future fish etc...

Any ideas / thoughts / experience folks?
__________________
Another Flaming Toy I Cannot Afford!
Pimp Member # 112
Afticas DIY-Hood Planted-Tank Adventures.html
Aftica is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-09-2012, 12:57 PM   #2
Patriot
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Patriot's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Spokane, Washington
Posts: 899
Send a message via Skype™ to Patriot
Default

Boil it! once the water starts to roll or bubble there is no life on earth that can live in it.
__________________
Proudly Serving in the United States Armed Forces, 2009-Present
SUNSUN PIMP #41
The Fraternity of Dirt #50
Just because its dirt doesn't make it low tech.
What Can Dirt Do For You?
Nikon Club Member #35
Patriot is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2012, 01:01 PM   #3
Steve001
Wannabe Guru
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Baltimore Maryland
Posts: 1,295
Default

Just do several rinses with clean water and hand agitate while rinsing. You won't introduce fungus into the tank because it can't grow underwater.
Steve001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2012, 01:05 PM   #4
Patriot
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Patriot's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Spokane, Washington
Posts: 899
Send a message via Skype™ to Patriot
Default

there a few that do grow underwater.
__________________
Proudly Serving in the United States Armed Forces, 2009-Present
SUNSUN PIMP #41
The Fraternity of Dirt #50
Just because its dirt doesn't make it low tech.
What Can Dirt Do For You?
Nikon Club Member #35
Patriot is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2012, 01:19 PM   #5
doubleott05
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ft Leavenworth KS
Posts: 217
Default

peroxide dude.... then rinse and put a 20ml of prime in the bucket and let sit for a day



good as new
doubleott05 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-2012, 10:06 PM   #6
Aftica
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Aftica's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Newfoundland, Canada
Posts: 364
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Patriot100% View Post
Boil it! once the water starts to roll or bubble there is no life on earth that can live in it.

Thanks folks for the suggustions! This is the simplest solution that somehow evaded me - after I pressure wash it (to phisically clean it) - I never even thought to boil it! Doh!!!
__________________
Another Flaming Toy I Cannot Afford!
Pimp Member # 112
Afticas DIY-Hood Planted-Tank Adventures.html
Aftica is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
clean, flourite, mold, substrate

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not 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

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 06:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012