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Tearing down tank- Flourite Storage

Hey all....I unfortunately have to move....and have to tear down my planted tanks . I was wondering the best way to clean and store the Seachem Flourite substrate....the tank has been unattended for some time, so the surface layer of the substrate is quite messy....I have thought of scraping the first layer off and chucking it.....thoughts on what else I can do to clean the rest?
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You could suck everything up with a siphon and then put it through a fine strainer. The poop and what not would get washed through but you'd retain most of the gravel.

If it's flourite sand you could just suck up the top later with a siphon and chuck that.

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thanks...its the flourite clay chunks, so I guess I will just siphon it up
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if anyone else has any thoughts, please do share
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I have done this two times. The first I just scooped it onto a tarp in the garage and spread it out so it could dry and then just put it in a bucket with a lid and labeled it. Second time dried it on baking sheets.
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It's still in the tank right. Wash in in the tank.

If there's water in there now use a syphon vac and clean the gravel as much as you can. Then fill it with hot water, stir it up good and repeat. When the rinse water is clean, your done.

I'd let it air dry on a tarp or newspaper(several layers).
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It's still in the tank right. Wash in in the tank.

If there's water in there now use a syphon vac and clean the gravel as much as you can. Then fill it with hot water, stir it up good and repeat. When the rinse water is clean, your done.

I'd let it air dry on a tarp or newspaper(several layers).
I like this idea the most I think.....unfortuantely. its the middle of winter here, so I would need to do all of this inside....and then let it airdry on a towel of some sort. Thanks for the idea!
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