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Old 05-25-2011, 09:42 PM   #1 
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Is gravel dust dangerous?

I thought I had cleaned the gravels well and there seemed to be no dust left but when I put the new gravel in my tank tonight, well, there was lots of it! It's covered the floor rocks in the tank. It won't cause my fish to be sick of anything will it?
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:43 PM   #2 
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I would start doing water changes, just to be sure.
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:54 PM   #3 
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Okay. I haven't added the fish yet. I'm actually waiting for it to die down and settle and maybe take a gravel vacuum to it and remove the decor and rinse it off.
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Old 05-25-2011, 11:37 PM   #4 
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try to get out as much as you can;
but mine spits anything non-food right back out as soon as he tries to eat it P:
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:38 AM   #5 
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The gravel vacuum idea sounds good once it's settled. And the water change sounded good, too, after a gravel vac.
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:24 AM   #6 
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As long as you don't get a cloud of dust from it, you should be okay. If the water gets cloudy then you might be in for trouble. I've found that colorful green/blue/pink gravel that's cheap is horrible about it... I'll never use that garbage again.
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Okay. I bought some plain white-tanish gravel. Seems to have settled this morning.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:43 PM   #8 
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Try rinsing it off with baking soda and boil water.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:48 PM   #9 
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Dont boil it!!! It might make it pop/explode. Never boil that stuff!!

Id remove it and sift it. If you can, get a cheap beach toy sifter... It worked for me. Only bigger rocks went through, which is what I wanted.
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Right, I agree to no boiling. Things expand when they're heated, and a rock has no way to expand... so "POP" it may go!

A QUICK rinse would be different, but no simmering! lol
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