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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-14-2004, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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Reusing Flourite

Is there anyway to "sterilize flourite"? If I sort of murder/kill my main 26 gallon tank and change it to a holding (possibly plant free) Q-tank, I might want to "borrow" the 45 lbs of flourite from it and put it in a new 90 gallon I'm planning. That way I could also steal its CO2 setup.

I also have about 15 lbs of flourite in a bucket that has been sitting in the garage for a year. I thought of baking this flourite in the oven, then rinsing it. Perhaps baking it is unnecessary? Probably a PITA. Any thoughts on this are appreciated.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-14-2004, 08:35 AM
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I don't think that you are going to have a problem. I had flourite sitting in a bucket for eight months or so, before I got my current tank set up. I spent some (a lot) time rinsing it and put it in like it was new. Never had an issue.

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The Flourite I have in my tank right now is almost 8 years old. About 5 years ago, it sat in a bucket for 6 months. It was pretty cloudy for a few weeks but eventually cleared up just fine.

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When moving up tank sizes I like to put a fresh layer of fluorite on the bottom (dry) and cap it with the 'used' stuff. In my experience this is a quick way to a clear tank and you do not wash the good stuff away either.
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