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Lindat

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Hi All. I have salvaged the gravel and JBL long term aquatic plant soil plus from my cracked tank. It had been planted up for about 4 month and it is usable without any other additives for 2 year. I have separated them out after they were in about 2inches of water in the tank without a pump for about a week and a half. It was covered by a tarpaulin. Is the soul still good to use? Just checking it wouldn't have grown bacteria.
Apologies on my needing quick answer but my fish are in a 57 litre emergency tank from a 300 litre and I'd like to get them into their new tank asap. Many thanks
 

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I would say as long as you vacuum all the tarpaulin off/out of the sand, it would be good. Personally, if you have the budget, I would just buy new sand.
 
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I would say as long as you vacuum all the tarpaulin off/out of the sand, it would be good. Personally, if you have the budget, I would just buy new sand.
Hi pheonixKingz. If it was just sand I probably wouldn't have bothered. But it's the plant soil that has long term nutrients in it. It cost me £70 4 months ago. Do you think it will be safe? I've already separated it out from the gravel. Not a job I'd like to do again.
 

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Hi pheonixKingz. If it was just sand I probably wouldn't have bothered. But it's the plant soil that has long term nutrients in it. It cost me £70 4 months ago. Do you think it will be safe? I've already separated it out from the gravel. Not a job I'd like to do again.
I see. Is your substrate similar to FLUVAL planted substrate? If so, yes move it. I thought it was just sand. I only say move it because of all the money you have already invested into it.
 

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It’s my understanding that as long as the substrate was kept moist then your BB are ok and it makes sense to salvage it, as well as it was such an expense. I would confirm that there is no mold or any odd odor just to be safe but you’re probably ok. Good luck
 
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I see. Is your substrate similar to FLUVAL planted substrate? If so, yes move it. I thought it was just sand. I only say move it because of all the money you have already invested into it.
Yes PheonixKingZ it's similar to the Fluval planted substrate. Ok thank you. I will reuse it. I just wanted to check it wouldn't be harmful. My juvenile Discus are coming along nicely and are beginning to show their colours. I wouldn't like to harm them. Thanks for the advice.
 
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It’s my understanding that as long as the substrate was kept moist then your BB are ok and it makes sense to salvage it, as well as it was such an expense. I would confirm that there is no mold or any odd odor just to be safe but you’re probably ok. Good luck
Hi Shabash. Can't see any mould and no odour. I was worried that it might be bad because It'd been kept wet in unmoving water. But glad it was in the water now. Thanks Shabash.
 

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