12-11-2016, 06:43 AM
Join Date: Mar 2015
| | Re: Cleaning bio media
If I am re-using the media immediately I rinse is a bucket of tank water.
Use a small pump I have in the bucket to apply some pressure.
It is amazing the brown and slime that gets knocked off.
Between of unknown levels of chloramine that could be present in tap water I steer clear of it for these purposes.
For storage purposes, bleach and then dry it out.
Interesting recent dealings with substrate though.
We can assume all substrate is covered in bacteria, snails(very small), and many other living organisms.
I washed some inert substrate from one tank to place in a shrimp tank.
Being on the cautious side after rinsing I placed in a bucket for 24 hours.
NH3 readings over 2.0ppm now repeated rinsing and such are taking place.
Been a week so far and still not ready.
Always remain on the side of caution, apparently I killed lots of "stuff" in the substrate.
Old thread revival?