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Storing substrate

Well, this is probably a stupid question, but here it goes anyway....

I recently rinsed off a lot more substrate than I needed for my new setup. The spare is soaked in buckets right now.

What is the best way to store this stuff? Should I attempt to dry it (which is nearly impossible), or should I just stuff it in a dark bag and let it be?

I already have a few small bags of different substrate stored that I never let dry out. They're still wet even after a year. I assume they are doing fine.
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spread the gravel out on some disposable metal baking sheets and lay them in the sun until dry. now you have completely dry gravel, you can bend the sheet to make a funnel and pour it into the bag.
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Good idea. I'll try that, but it's going to take a while. I have a lot of substrate I need to dry.
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I use old 5g buckets/lids with some small holes drilled in the bottom.


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I use freezer bags. Leave the top open (unzipped) for a few weeks/months until they dry out. Makes storage (stacking) much easier.

For standard aquarium gravel, I can let it sit open top for ~wk and its dry---but the pieces are much bigger.....


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On a big old sheet outside in the sun on the driveway worked great for me; and being able to lift the sheet to pour it back into a bucket helped.

I wouldn't leave it someplace where it could stay damp; good way to encourage all kinds of mold and bacteria growth that you may never be able to get rid of again?

Worse comes to worse I'd use a hairdryer or stick it on baking sheets in the oven (just don't you dare mention to your wives or my hubby that I suggested it! LOL)





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I dry my extra by spreading garbage bags on the picnic table and then spreading the substrate out on it... a couple of sunny days and into ziplocks it goes.

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Alright thanks everyone. I'll bake it in on something in the sun for a while.

I thought about the oven too. I might just do that when the wife isn't home

It's SMS and Flourite btw. I let them soak to saturate them. The SMS is heavier now, but it's very waterlogged. I might have to use the oven. my regular gravel does dry much easier.
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