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Old 04-18-2013, 11:38 AM   #11
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Rinse it thoroughly. I've used old sand plenty of times, but I rinsed it until clear water came out of it when it was stirred. After all, it all was used initially!
Thanks for the replies! My tank is about 2 months old that's why I was wondering about reusing the sand. Out of curiosity what do you rinse the sand with? Tap Water?
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I do i just fill a 5 gal pail 2/3 full then rinse with garden hose stirring the sand until the water runs clear.
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I do i just fill a 5 gal pail 2/3 full then rinse with garden hose stirring the sand until the water runs clear.
Do you have to worry about the contaminants in tap water if you're rinsing sand for your SW tank? Just cause the water evaporates aren't the heavy metals still in the sand?
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No. you don't have to worry about contaminants in tap water when rinsing sand. That little bit isn't going to hurt anything.
That said, a 2 month old sand bed doesn't need any rinsing IMO. It's very new, and didn't have enough time to gather much detritus.
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