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Cleaning gear after Black Zebra Mussel exposure

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by M'Erin, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. M'Erin

    M'Erin Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Berkshires
    There are two sites I really would like to dive that both have Black Zebra Mussels. Up to this point the idea of cleaning all my gear has discouraged me from diving these sites. But the visibility and shallow depth of my usual dive site has me considering the other sites.

    So any helpful hints as to how to clean gear well enough that I can go back into a non-infested body of fresh water without concern? And without missing 2-3 weeks of diving? Season here can be a bit short.
  2. TravisD

    TravisD Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Westminster, MD
    Looks like soaking it hot water is the recommended method:


    Chlorine also is mentioned as being effective. Plan a trip to the pull with your gear?

    The "solution" mentioned above is Potassium Chloride:

    Finally "hot and dry" is indicated as killing them. Air everything out in a warm location.
  3. M'Erin

    M'Erin Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Berkshires
    Thank you for the information.

    We have a large dip/soak tank so hot water and KCl sounds like the way to go along with drying in the sun.

    I appreciate the help.

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