Steralizing a small ammount of sand?

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24 May 2015 09:36 #1 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Ok so my small quarantine tank needs to be steralized for re-use..
There was an oubreak of an aparently rare protozan which responded to no treatment whatsoever and killed the fish that were in there..

Its only a small 35 litre tank so i just wanna know if taking EVERYTHING out and letting it dry out in the sun will kill the remaining Protozans...Also i want to re-use the sand..Will soaking it in boiling water suffice?

Basically can Protozans survive boiling water?

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28 May 2015 16:58 #2 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Bump!

Can Protozans and there unhatched cysts survive in boiling water?

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28 May 2015 17:15 #3 by JohnH (John)
I was reluctant to answer this first time around Eddy as it really needs answering by a biologist, or similar.
However, for what it's worth I was always given to understand that very little will survive a prolonged immersion in boiling water. - Similarly I have read several times that any waterborne creatures (other than those with supplementary breathing apparatus) cannot live if they are allowed to fully dry out.
So, my suggestion would be to both BOIL the sand (rather than merely pour boiling water over it) in a large enough receptacle with water and then, if you would really want to be on the 'safe side' put it into something like an old baking tray and dry it out completely with heat in the oven.
I have used this ploy several times (the second phase) when sterilizing soil for White Worm cultures (to rid it of all trace of the little bugs which always appear therein).

Hopefully someone can help you more scientifically - but in the meantime that's what I would do.

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28 May 2015 17:31 #4 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Thanks john..its a bit of a dilemma..i hope someone can come up with a definitive answer soon..

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28 May 2015 18:00 #5 by JustinK (Justin Kelly)
I was told before that things that live in freshwater can be killed off by salt water and vice-versa.
Your dilemma seems to need the eradication of the unborn (?)
Johns idea of boiling & baking it seems viable.
Is the sand that valuable that you can't retire it ?

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28 May 2015 18:16 #6 by LemonJelly (Johnny Cowley)
I think the boiling would be enough. Frankly, if anything survives being in boiling water, it deserves to survive! Joking aside, it's always been my understanding that boiling does things to organisms that make living impossible ie denaturing enzymes etc.

Unless you're a tardigrade... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tardigrade

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