Help. Brand New Biowheels were soaked in HOT water
I need some advice. I bought a set of filters and Bio-Wheel's for both of our Penguin Bio-Wheel 200's. My son was helping me with the tasks, since I was cleaning the gravel with an aquarium gravel vacuum AND replacing the filters and bio wheels. Before I knew it, my son was soaking both bio-wheels in hot water. I do mean hot. Our hot water heater puts out some seriously hot water. He said he thought everything should be sterilized before putting it in the tank. My fault there for not explaining things in more detail I suppose.
My question is obvious. Are the bio-wheels okay after being soaked for 5 - 10 minutes in very hot water? He didn't get a chance to do that to the filters, although, given the choice, I'd rather have to throw away some cheap carbon filters than the expensive bio-wheels.
Before the question is asked, the reason I was replacing the bio-wheels is because they both have tears in them in multiple area's, so I knew that meant they needed replacing. The question still stands: Are my bio-wheels okay or was any beneficial bacteria destroyed with the hot water, rendering them useless? I've tried searching the web before posting here, but I found absolutely nothing about hot water and bio-wheels. Also, this is a freshwater tank and normally kept at a constant 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Thanks in advance for any help.
After doing search after search after search, I realized I'm not going to find any Star Wars or Star Trek ornaments for a fish tank. The link above is one I found on YouTube where a guy somehow made Voyager into a fish tank ornament. TOO kewl.