Hmmm, so you really think the freshwater (DI
) would kill the stuff? (If any anyways...wish I had a microscope)
Washing in salt water would be pricey. How about filtering with cheescloth or something similar such that I can reuse the salt water?
For example: I make up two gallons of saltwater and poor it into a large bucket with the sand. Stir up the sand and then poor off the milky water into another bucket through cheesecloth ( or a pillowcase maybe?). Then repeat until the sand is clean. This may not work depending on how fine this particulate matter may be...Small batches could be done this way with coffee filters.
Im not being impatient as much as just being quite eager to get the cycling process under way.
)) (Spent alot more $$$ than planned on better quality stuff, thus quite eager
How about this "partial sand wash" idea I thought of: I could wash half the sand with tap water and just kill the "live" stuff off. Then I could put the other half (unwashed) on the bottom of the tank and then poor over the washed stuff on top to sort of shield the unwashed sand from the water? Might this prevent a milk cloud?
Its just that I dont want to spend any extra time on anything that isnt related to the cycling process. Seems this sand issue is a mechanical issue, thus any trick in the book ought to be justified. On the other hand, cylcing is a biological issue and time is simply the answer.
BTW_Got my tank. (Very pretty!) But the top is mostly acrylic. The light I got is much larger than the hole they made in the top for their puny crappy light fixture. I assume that acrylic doesnt filter much of the light since the light I bought has an acrylic strip covering the bulbs anyways. I will add some rubber feet to the light fixture (coralife) to keep it from slidding around on the slick top surface.