03-16-2011, 10:22 AM
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If the items have been dried out very thoroughly, the risk of disease is pretty minimal, IMO. If it's to be a freshwater tank you could set the tank up and load it with salt for a little while (start with fresh for a few days then add salt) - I suspect that would eliminate most encysted parasites, although I really don't think you are at risk if everything has been dry for a while. I would at least rinse everything with tap water and/or a salt solution.
I'm certain others here will have some equally helpful, or better(!) suggestions.
Cycling will also further reduce any risk.
Last edited by DKRST; 03-16-2011 at 10:26 AM..