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how to clean biological media (dead media)

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by Brian20, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. Brian20

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    I have a biorings biologcal media that is filthy an dry. I can use bleach to clean it and its pores?

    thanks
     
  2. Philosophos

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    Bleach would most likely work fine so long as you soak it out after for a good while. I'm not sure if the porosity of the ceramic rings will act like a microsieve or not; in the case that it does, a couple days soaking in clean water along with some heavy rinsing would help to assure that there isn't anything hanging around.

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  3. shoggoth43

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    Yes. Bleach will work.
    Soak for a whilen as in a few days if you really want to. You might even apply a warm or hot bleach to it which may help. When done, rinse well and throw in a bucket with some water and heavy dechloir for a few days. Rinse again and put back in with new water a dechlor.

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  4. Brian20

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    I put it on bleach. Hopely tomorrow they will be clean.
     
  5. Brian20

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    First wash inpuse bleach. 12 hours long. It cleaned but still are dirty.

    Second wash today. 100% bleach. If it not work I will use muriatic acid
     
  6. Brian20

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    Well second wash, about 4-5 hours. Therings was cleaned but not like I want.
    third wash, Muriatic acid at 27% (for pools). Like 10 minutes in muriatic acid in a bowl that I shake it. Result *NEAR WHITE*. It works and not eat a lot of ceramic.

    Caution: Muriatic Acid is very strong, NEVER TOUCH IT unless you want to have your skin like metal with Alien liquids.

    Now I have a problem, the rings have a bad odor. Smell like chlorine with Acid.

    I will try to wash them a lot and use dechlor
     
  7. Brian20

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    I washed with water the rings, still a chlorine odor. I put them to take air in the night. Today the rings not have odor still I bought Aquasafe (Tetra brand) and use 2 caps in the rings. Fill the bowl with water again. I will use the rings tomorrow.
     
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