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    Alternative substrate source?

    Hey all, i got to working the old noggin the other night, and i was thinking

    the conventional water heaters at home, you're suppose to yearly clean the bottom to rid of the calcium deposits built up there, which i've never done, so i'm expecting ALOT

    can this material (majority calcium carbonate i imagine) be used as something useful in the aquarium?

    i was thinking substrate or Ca reactor material

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    Wouldn't there also be rust, corroded metal and chlorine deposits???
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    iron and probably po4...not to mention that I don't think the stuff is very pretty look at!!
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    Having cleaned out a hot water heater a couple of years ago there is no way in hell you'd want that crap in your tank.

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    oh yea.. tapwater, good call guys...

    it'd be an interesting project though, to see what those would do to water

    maybe set up a fuge to test...

    iron/phosphate i'm not so much worried about i bet macros will chew that up fast.

    how does chlorine get deposited as a solid?

    more worried about copper deposites than anything now that i think about it

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    man... where do you come up with this stuff.... there is so much wrong with that... not to be harsh but lol there are alot better things to use out there
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    sake of science my good man, sake of science.

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    for one, I've never heard of opening the hot water tank to clean it??? they just change it out every 10 to 15 years.
    also, why in gods name would you want to scrape the hotwater tank and add it to your tank????!!! can't afford a 2 part additive? thats not science, thats russian roulette! sheesh. science is when it can be learned from and helpfull LOL. are ya bored or something

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    In no way shape or form is that science....... whatsoever
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    You might try experimenting with Aragonite play sand. It is not packaged specifically for aquariums but some people use it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricepicker
    Hey all, i got to working the old noggin the other night, and i was thinking

    the conventional water heaters at home, you're suppose to yearly clean the bottom to rid of the calcium deposits built up there, which i've never done, so i'm expecting ALOT

    can this material (majority calcium carbonate i imagine) be used as something useful in the aquarium?

    i was thinking substrate or Ca reactor material
    HermitCrab

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