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Old 12-31-2002, 12:51 AM   #11
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play sand or live sand

thanks for the excellent info, i'm still in the proccess of leveling the tank and hanging my striplightsfrom the wall. 1foot above the floor. i will keep you posted on my progress. i'm going to take photos from the begining. 8)
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Old 01-05-2003, 12:15 AM   #12
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hi again, my tank water still has that milky white color from the sand. i've been filling it 1/2 full with a hose spraying the bottom to stir it up then siphone it out. did this about 10 times not getting that foam/ scum as much as when i first started. is there another way to clean this sand or is this normal? i seem to be getting the same cloudyness and foam. it does settle down in 12hrs enough to see bottom and across.
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i want to show 2more photos
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Old 01-05-2003, 12:18 AM   #14
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last one. should i have started a new topic? thanks,walt
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Fill the tank with water. Throw a dead shrimp or piece of fish in there to start the cycle. Keep powerheads and water returns from aiming at the bottom to keep from stirring the sand. It will settle/clear on its own in a day or 3 or 4. Bacteria will populate the surface of the sand grains and keep it from blowing around. Don't waste your time trying to clear your tank by doing water changes. You actually will benefit from having the dust settle into silt on the bottom. When you add LR and/or sanf infauna, you will have a greater diversity of critters.

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Follow anemonemans advice.

Your tank looks normal given your filling it up with sand in the tank.

Just fill the tank up the rest of the way with water. try to disturbe the sand as little as possible.

Why are you trying to clean the sand again? Is it just to get rid of the dusty particles? If so dont worry about it as anemoneman has said they will acutally bneifit you later on.

Once the tank is full you could use a cup to skim off some of the bubbles if you want. Just put a cup just below the surface of the water and scoop out the bubbles and film on the top.
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will do, thanks talk to you in a couple days. walt
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