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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-05-2005, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Substrate smelly

I have sand mixed with eco-complete. I had it in a 90 gallon about 3 inches deep for about a month. Then I tore it down and took it all out and the substrate smelled bad. Its been sitting in 5 gallon buckets for about a month now and still stinks. Not really bad, but it does have a noticeable odor when. Is it ok to put this stuff back into my tank when i rebuild it?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-05-2005, 10:27 PM
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You will need to rinse it if it has been sitting that long. The smell is coming from decaying mulm.
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Thanks for the info, that just leads me to more questions.

Is decaying mulm unsafe for plants? Will it just go away eventually? Should I use chlorine when I rinse it. Im concerned that rinsing eco-complete might take away the benefits of using it.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-06-2005, 12:24 AM
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It will just put ammonia back into the water and be broken down by other plants or bacteria.
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