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Thread: I hate to say it again, but... HELP!!!

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    I've never heard of anyone using bleach on a porous media - who recommended this? Adding chemicals to peat / LFS (especially to try and remove something) feels wrong - similar to using an algae-killer product in a planted aquarium instead of dealing with the causes of the algae.

    On the mineral-laden sand - I'd repot. There are plenty of variables with growing CP - why knowingly add another which, at best, is neutral and, at worst, will kill your plants? This is especially true with a newer grower who may lack the experience to see the earlier, more-subtle clues of a deteriorating plant & only see the signs of a death spiral once it's too late ...
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    @ron: and that too---i've heard of using bleach to sterilize my fishtanks, but not used to clean planting media...
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    Quote Originally Posted by amphirion View Post
    @ron: and that too---i've heard of using bleach to sterilize my fishtanks, but not used to clean planting media...
    Yup - there's even a quick bleach wash for aq plants to remove some of the potentially nasty algae...
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    I believe NaN recommended a treatment with weak bleach solution to avoid fungus. Personally, I'm willing to take his word for it! I'm not concerned, to be honest. If I put in a 10% bleach solution, rinsed the media 5+ times after treatment, and let the mix sit overnight, most harmful levels of chlorine should disappear by then.

    Sure, I'll try dechlorinator too just in case (there's a pet store a few blocks from my apartment; I'm sure they'll have some). But given the sub-optimal resources available to me in the area, I want to make sure I'm doing all I can to avoid mold, fungus, and algae.

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    Alright - I repotted all my plants out of the offensive mix. I had bleached the media with a weak solution, rinsed it 5 times in total with boiling water (including an overnight soak), and finally added a few drops of dechlorinator on the last rinse to get at any remaining chlorine. Let's see where this takes me.

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    i wonder if spraying the top of the soil with hydrogen peroxide would prevent algae and moss from growing for a while... ive done a couple of peroxide treatments in my aquarium before and it totally destroys algae on contact and stays gone for a looong time. the reason i suggest this over bleach is because hydrogen peroxide break down into just water and oxygen in a matter of hours. other than that, i would rather heat sterilize my soil than use bleach... i hope it work for you tho :P

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    You can discourage algae by simply spraying the media with plain water every day or so. By agitating the top layer of media you'll break the algal colonies apart and slow their growth. After a while, with the combination of algae pulling nutrients from the media and daily watering leaching it, the top layer will be nutrient-poor enough that algae can't take hold again. Works on carpet moss too, but you have to be more aggressive.
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    Haha, we shall see how this goes. I have a natural tendency to pull the nuclear option early... Bleach AND heat. If the bleach treatment is going to be bad I feel like I will begin to see ill effects VERY shortly. I'll post up later with results.

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