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  1. #1

    Default disinfecting a sponge filter

    0 Not allowed!
    ok I got a ton of old sponge filters from a LFS thats shutting its doors. They're pretty dirty and I know they've been sitting in a back room for ages. So I'm thinking I want to clean them up before I go putting them into my angel tanks. I thought about a bleach solution but I'm kind of worried about getting the bleach out after. So I'm boiling them with the moutain of mopani wood I got from them too.

    I'm pretty sure this will be good enough but just wanted a second opinion.
    Thanks all
    Angel breeder wanna-be

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    0 Not allowed!
    Rinse well in warm water first. Then boil vigorously and for a good amount of time will kill all bacterial and viral life but some spores could survive. Still, your best bet since chlorine based solutions tend to destroy sponges.
    Knowledge is fun(damental)

    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

    For Fishless cycling:

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    0 Not allowed!
    Boiling will most likely kill everything still alive in those filters but I do not think it will remove organic matter, meaning that you will probably still need to squeeze and manually clean the debris off them.

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