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Disposing of old substrate

I'm tearing down my tank tomorrow and will have my old sand to get rid of. It will be full of trumpet snails.

Can I just bag it and toss it in the garbage? Can I compost it? We have an awesome city composting where we can compost anything organic (including meat/bones/pet waste/etc.

I think I've read a few times that snails shouldn't be put in the garbage, but I don't know why.

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Some Snails could be invasive. I dump mine right in my back yard


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toss a cup of bleach in a bucket with the sand, will kill any living organisms and make it safe for your local natives
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Best way IMO is to bake it.

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Put up a craigslist or freecycle post for the snails. Let them take the substrate, snails and all.
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You can use the sand to line the bottom of a flowerpot or mix it in with your potting soil. I'm sure the plants will appreciate the nutrients.

You could also keep the sand for sidewalk use during the winter.
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Wow, there are a lot of ideas here! Garden season is over here (first snow yesterday, hard frosts at night -6c last night), but I know I'll be using my water change water in my garden next year! I really don't want to muck around with saving it over winter, but thanks for all the tips!


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(imo) exposed to the winter weather there is no need to bleach anything. If allowed to freeze nothing tropical in nature (snails) would survive. Scattered in a grassy area its just fine. Once dried out in a bucket here I've discarded river gravel, sand etc. against the house into shrubs, flower beds and mulched over it with the next years spring cleaning/planting.


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I usually dump unwanted substrate in my driveway. It is a gravel driveway that now shows a few patches of 'clown puke'.
All other substrates I hang onto and reuse, for example in potting soil when I start vegetable seedlings.

As for the snails, MTS are TOUGH. I do not think they would survive a freezing winter, though.

-6*C already! We just got over a heat wave. Setting high temperature records all over the area.
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Good grit and snacks for chickens.
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Thanks again for all the suggestions! I ended up dumping it under my raspberry bushes. Maybe we'll have extra sweet raspberries next year!

Diana, our weather is so wonky, forecast is calling for high of 18C on Sun! But with hard frosts every night. Everything in my garden is dead. And I've been obsessing with my planted tanks so much, I haven't even got around to cleaning out my outdoor gardens!

Its good I'm doing this today, I haven't packed my hoses away, and it was warm enough I was able to rinse out the tank with the hose which made things a million times easier then the bathtub!


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I wouldn't be surprised if MTS survived the winter and infested the entire country. They are tough!!



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