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Old 12-17-2011, 10:52 AM   #11
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Thanks Carey...guess I'm off to the Depot!
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Old 12-17-2011, 10:59 AM   #12
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Yep, just get the texture and size you like. I'm lucky in that the sand I've been getting at the depot is the perfect color and consistency in my opinion. Also, you will really really have to rinse it! It took me hours to do it last time, but you cant believe the gunk that comes out. For me it was worth saving a few hundred $$ since I happen to have the time for stuff like this.
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Did you rinse it in RO or salt water? And in a 5g bucket?
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:31 AM   #14
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I was a bad girl and used regular water from my garden hose. I used a 5g bucket and filled it like halfway up and then rinsed til clear water runs.
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Did you get any residual phosphate and silicate problems from doing that or did it work out. I'll admit that in the first year of doin SW when ever I had high nitrates I would suck out all my sand and wash it in a 5g bucket till it rinsed clear then added it back
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Nope no nitrates or phosphate issues. I get some diatoms here and there but nothing horrible, I'm guessing tis from my sand stirring creatures mucking up my sand bed. lol

if it's any indication I am also using pool filter sand in my 90g build, it's in the garage waiting to be rinsed. I had no issues with it, it's cheap and looks good to me.
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