Cleaning used aragonite substrate - advice please?

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    I want to clean some old aragonite that's been lying in an old tank for months(read years..).
    Any tips? I usually run water through it in a bucket, but this wastes a lot of water, time consuming, hard on the fingertips... and I don't know how effective it is.
    I also remember reading something about baking it in the oven?
     
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    Baking in the oven will kill any thing that's still living on it, but it's not going to get rid of the dirt/detritus.
    Washing with water is probably the best way. How dirty is it?
     
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    dead things in there will cause a cycle of sorts.

    After cleaning it, keep it in a tub with your throw away water change. With a power head to move things. In a simple plastic tub from Plastic land or similar. Let it cycle just like newly imported life rock.

    Do not add it directly into display.
     
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    thanks - I will do this. I want to set up an old tank again so might cycle in tank before adding livestock. for now I just want to get rid of detritus in the most efficient way.

    I washed a portion of it until the water coming out was pretty clean, but still found lumps of detritus in it after sifting it a bit through my hands.
    The color is also bit green-brown still.
    maybe I should do smaller amounts at a time.
     

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