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Saf t sorb!!!????!!!!!!

Hello,
How in the hell do you get the dust rinsed out of this stuff!! It seems the money you save on the purchase is wasted on the water and time to rinse it!! Any ideas would be appreciated.
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What is this stuff you speak of? Pics? Who makes it?
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You don't have to get all of it off, as it eventually settles.

If you use the search function and seek out Safe T Sorb/STS, you'll find several threads wherein people discuss their methods of cleaning STS. Everything from just cutting a hole in the bag and sticking a garden hose in to straining it to rinsing in a bucket to rinsing in-tank.

Remember, it's clay so you're never going to get all of it off. Just try to get most of the nuisance stuff.


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haha it's cheaper but it's "flourite like"

I tag a section of fiberglass window screen between 2 saw horses and rinse 1/2 a bag at a time with a hose


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wash it 2-3 times in a bucket. empty water while stirring. place it in your tank and run your filter with filter floss. After about 24-48 hours stop the filter and toss the floss. water should be clear.
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I used this method. Didnt even wash it first
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-XB0...eature=related
How to clean new aquariumsand the easy way.
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You used this method with saf t sorb??
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I've done it with sand, Safe T Sorb, Oil Dri, and Flourite.

I use a 2 liter bottle with its larger mouth though.
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Ha! that's pretty clever. certainly looks a lot less tedious then the old swishing-around-in-a-bucket bit.

Thanks for posting that link.
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I did not find it too dusty. Perhaps bags vary.
I put the whole bag (40 lbs) in the tank (88 gallons).
Filled the tank only about 6" deep, stirring to make the most mess possible.
Then drained that muddy slurry. It was pink-brown pea soup.
Refilled about 6" and again stirred to make the most mess possible. It was noticeably less muddy.
Drained it.
Then I refilled for real.
I used the plastic bag the STS came in and ran the water in slowly over the bag so it seeped gently into the substrate.
There was a slight haze, but nothing that I would not have put fish into. It was gone the next day.
2 days later I cleaned the filters and there was a significant amount of silt in the filters.
A week or so later I moved a lot of substrate around 'scaping, and stirred up a slight haze, but it was surprisingly clean. I did a water change when I was done setting up the rocks, and cleaned the filters the next day. Very little silt. Some, but not much.
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I think the bags vary on dustiness, or I got one filled on friday after lunch,lol.
I used a large steel mesh pencil/pen holder and rinsed, what seemed to be forever. I was almost ready to quit, said screw this and put it in the tank. Was very careful and slow, the cloudiest mess I've ever seen. Got hob running and waited, cleaned hob pad(was very slimey and full) put pad back in and went to bed. The next morning it was crystal clear, moved a few things in the tank and it clouds up some but settles quickly. Now that its clear, I think its beautiful, pretty darn hard to see peewee red cherry shrimp on it, but it looks very good. Snuffy317
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I used this method. Didnt even wash it first
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-XB0...eature=related
How to clean new aquariumsand the easy way.
Wow, I have some BBA infested STS in the front of my tank. I'm going to suck it out and replace it with this method. Since STS is so cheap, I can just toss the old infested stuff. The bottle will be good for poring it in between planted sections.

Thanks for this link.
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you guys are lucky to get your hands on this stuff. its not available anywhere in NYC.


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I would have to say it will depend on the bag as well. I hardly had to rinse it all.
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You should be able to have it shipped (total price under $10) from Drill Spot.

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you guys are lucky to get your hands on this stuff. its not available anywhere in NYC.


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