Can terrestrial microbes and undesirables get in tank via slate?

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  1. Swingline77

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    I have some slate that's been stored outside for quite some time. I spent some time drilling and hammering it into some interesting shapes to put in a tank. After I was done, I did my best to remove the slime/moss/etc. that had built up on the slate over decades of being outside. It's been drying indoors for about a month.

    Once I put this in the tank, will the salt kill any nasty stuff on it, or do I have to do this? If I have to disinfect it (and I hope I don't) I thought of two methods:

    1. Bake in oven at 400 F: The easiest, but also the most likely to crack the slate.
    2. Soak in bleach soln., then soak in soln. with bleach neutralizing agent: Sort of a pain, and will probably take weeks.

    Any ideas?
     
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    brandon429 why did you put a reef in that R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    It's ok. Rinse it well and just peroxide soak it a while. Most of the terrestrial organisms get in our reefs anyway, not that much per day but in trace amounts as our tanks exchange with the environ. I say peroxide rinse n go.

    I have a history of putting strange things in my reef as a test then tracking the outcomes... I'd put a chunk of your slate in my tank after a mere tap rinse to get the dirt off. Not worried.

    This violates any fallow protocols even though terrestrial stuff not big risk
     
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    Make sure there is nothing "sparkly" on the rock before you put it in. Could be one of many heavy metals.
     
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    brandon429 why did you put a reef in that R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    Bug killer too, you never sprayed the area right
     
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    Good point regarding the bug killer. Nope, I never sprayed. As for the organisms getting in the tank anyway, good point. I wouldn't have considered that. Thanks.
     
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