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Old 04-22-2012, 11:42 AM   #1 
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How do you store extra gravel?

Well i just started cycling a tank, and I added too much gravle, so once it is cycled, I will remove some and store ti for later, BUT i dont know how to store it. How do you stor eit without lettign it dry out?
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:40 PM   #2 
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I could be wrong, but even if the gravel stays wet, I think the bacteria would still die. I think that the flow of water, oxygenation, and heat all play a role in keeping the beneficial bacterial alive.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:32 PM   #3 
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i mean store it and let it dry out srry. IT stays wet and gets moldy,, yuck!
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:33 PM   #4 
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Keep it in any sort of bag. Aft it dries out. You don't have to store and preserve gravel any special way
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:39 PM   #5 
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but it never driers out! i will leave it in an open bag for a month and it will be wet at the bottom when i pour it out!
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:41 PM   #6 
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I usually use a larg net in with small quantities of gravel each time and leave it outside, do this regularly until all of the trawl is dried out.
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Old 04-22-2012, 05:45 PM   #7 
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that will be hard but ok...
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:25 PM   #8 
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I use a colander with holes too small for the gravel to fall through. I make sure the gravel is no more than 2-3 inches deep and then I set the colander in the sink. Within about a day or two it is dry. But I also have my own fish room to do stuff like this in. I've also taken to storing gravel in my old betta bowls. It's a good deterrent for getting more of 'em.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:43 PM   #9 
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I clean off my kitchen table, layer out some clean paper towels, boil the gravel, drain it and spread it out over a large area, preferably as thin of a layer as you can get it. Hot rock tends to dry faster. Leave it set for a couple of days and store it in plastic containers. I rip bags to easy and plastic containers are easier to store in my case (ziploc). I boil because it helps with the fishy smell and sanitary reasons.
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I put it in a few cardboard boxes and store them under my bed XD
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