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Reusing Substrate??

Discussion in 'Sediment / Substrate' started by rs18alpha, Jul 24, 2018.

  1. rs18alpha

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    I tore down a tank about two weeks ago. I have some Fluval Stratum with a little sand and pea gravel that's been in a bucket for two weeks.
    Is ok to re use this stuff?

    There's a little old tank water in the bottom of the bucket. If I rinse it out really good will it be ok to use again??
    I just want to re use the Stratum and the gravel.

    What do you think?
     
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    Generally okay, but it won't be like new Stratum ( pH lowering etc.). As it was kept in a bucket it is also possible that some anaerobic areas developed, likely due to organics accumulated in an old soil. I recommend that you wash the substrate really well and expose it to air a few hours. As long as it's still moist the bacteria will survive.
     
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    Thanks, I've already set up the new tank with ADA Colorado sand in front and Flourite Dark in the back. I'm not worried if the old substrate looses it's bacteria after I wash it. If it does than I guess I'll have a mini cycle, correct?

    What I wanted to do with the old Stratum is to add it to the back right to gain some height. Is that ok?
     
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    If the mini cycle happens depends on many other factors, better to treat it like new soil in the bacteria aspect.

    I don't see why not, do the same steps as above however.
     
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