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Old 08-19-2004, 02:14 PM   #11
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Yuck.. maybe you should bleach them.
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Is Domestos OK? It's really strong! How exactly should I do it?
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Old 08-19-2004, 05:20 PM   #14
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Isn't Domestos blue? I'd use some regular clear household bleach. Dilute it down with water to something like 1/10th strength, and leave the shells in there for an hour or two. Then wash them extremely thoroughly, leave them to dry, and then wash them again. You really have to make sure to get all that bleach washed out.
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if you have any de-chlorinating liquid (like aquaplus) add that to the rinse water, or let them soak in a solution of that after you take them out of the bleach.
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I don't have any de-chlorinating liquid...

I've just got some standard "Thin Bleach", which is sort of light green in colour. Will that be ok?

Should I rinse them with tank water (after rinsing and drying with freshwater a couple of times) after I've bleached them for 2 hours?
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How do I know they'll be ok to put in the tank after I've done all this (ie. if they bleach has done it's job and the green stuff is nothing to worry about, and then get rid of the bleach!)?
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Out of interest, I've also got a piece of white rock that may be a bit suspect to put in my tank.

Can I also bleach the rock in the same way so I can put it in my tank?
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Old 08-21-2004, 03:33 PM   #20
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Can I also bleach the rock in the same way so I can put it in my tank?
Depends on the composition and how porous the rock is. To be honest I would not be in a hurry to risk it. At the very least be sure that any non-plastics are treated with a dechlorinator and allowed to sun dry for at least a few days-week. Plastics will allow the evaporation of the chlorine quite well if rinsed properly. Many other porous products can trap it only to be released later but that is quite rare. Chloramines are not as easily removed though unless by chemical means.

Chlorines natural state is as a gas so it dissapates rather quickly when exsposed to heat and air. The risks in using it are quite low as long as you take the proper precaution to remove it after use. It should have no residual "chlorine" odor if done properly.

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