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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning Green Seiryu Stone

Ive bought a new ADA 60-P off of ebay for £80 never used, still in packaging free with 9L of ADA Amazonian Soil and ADA Power Sand, I pad an extra £50 for 20kg of Seiryu Stone the guy was also selling, it arrived stinking and green, ive tried going at it with a toothbrush but my arms are killing me.

How would you guys go about cleaning it effectively. Also the soil and power sand arrived in the tank (got the bags to prove it is ADA stuff) and its all mixed together, how would you go about seperating it as it looks awful with the power sand everywhere.

Thanks Marni
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 08:29 PM
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Green and stinking from what?

Algae? Try soaking it in hydrogen peroxide. 3% concentration is fine, or if you have a stronger solution, dilute it. You could soak it in bleach. Not at the same time.

Is it the rock itself that is green? Like some sort of chemical reaction?

You can scrub rocks with something stiffer than a toothbrush. Perhaps a really stiff plastic brush?
If you want to try a wire brush then test somewhere that will be hidden. The wire might scratch the rock.

I do not think it is possible to separate those materials. A possibility: Buy new soil, but not very much. Put the mixed materials lower in the tank, and put just enough of the clean stuff on top to hide the blended materials.
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Like Diana said, soak in a hydrogen peroxide solution or bleach solution and scrub it afterwards. The only way I see that you can separate the sand is to use a fine mesh just big enough to allow the sand to sift through. Otherwise, it's near impossible to separate them.
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Yea algae, it was a bit damp and a family member collected it from Crewe for me and brought it down a South Devon (England) in a hot car so it was stinking when I opened the bag lol.

I found a tile scrubbing brush and tried it, its worked soaked them in hot water while we watched a movie and scrubbed them after
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Still a good idea to soak in bleach or peroxide to make sure anything left on it is dead no point in bringing in anything nasty into a new tank.
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How much bleach? And how would I get the bleach off of it just rinse them?
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I'd say 1 part bleach, 10 parts water should be fine. Rinse it a couple of times, some people will then do a final soak with dechlorinator.

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Is dechlorinator the tap safe stuff?
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