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Sterile Siphon Tubes
Several years ago (ok thousands of...) I had the sense to bid on a long
piece of 1/2" tubing at an auction and cut it up into 5' lengths so that if
a tank with velvet or something else not to be shared was siphoned, that
tube could be dropped into the old covered bleach barrel and any beasties
would be burned off. Bleaching and letting the thing sit in another covered
barrel with a sodium thiosulphate solution to dissipate takes time. Worse
the tube is often forgotten in the bleach barrel until I have run out of
I don't entirely trust salt soaks. Alum needs to be very completely rinsed
Can such a tube be tossed into a microwave and be safely sterilized (short
of a melt down)? Can whole gravel grungers be treated that way?
I am either inpatient by nature or short of time or both and need a quicker
way to clean up siphon tubes so that the occasional dubious killie tank may
be changed more often.
Who is now sitting in front of a microwave, chanting "Faster! Faster!"
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