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Old 02-16-2011, 08:17 PM   #1
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so i have been cycling for about 1 week with CC. After reading many threads warning against using CC i have decided to pick up sand. DO i have to start all over again? or can i simply remove the CC and add the Sand and continue with the cycle.
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dry sand? if so rinse it well, and continue.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:02 PM   #3
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yes dry sand, should i rise it in a bucket with warm water, do i let it sit, and do i have to start over from scratch? thanks
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I've seen several people recommend putting the sand in a pillow case and running water through it really well.... I've always just put the sand in a bucket, fill it up, run my hands through it, rinse, repeat many times. I understand the pillow case method to be much easier, though I have no first hand experience.
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i'm partial to mfdrookie's method (because a pillow case just sounds like it would take forever) ......


no starting over. you are simply adding more surface area at this point.
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:17 PM   #6
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thanks guys i will start rising it now, Btw i just got home and my tank is foggy for some reason it still has the CC in it why would this happen now?
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you could put the sand in the pillowcase and then put it in a full bucket of water, pull the pillow case up and let it strain, then do it again. if the water is to dirty change it and do it soem more
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yeah, but i am not sure if detergent is still in the fabric, plus, that's awful fine....i think i would want something with slightly larger holes than a pillow case..i dunno.
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its possible that there could still be detergent in the fabric i agree, i didn't rinse my sand when i put it in the water was really cloudy but my filters seemed to do a good job of suckign all the dirt up over night
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well i wound up just putting the sand in the bucket and running extremely hot water i stirred it up with my hand then after repeating it a few times i drained it and put the sand in my tank with the dry rock i purchased yesterday. My tank is still very murky ill post some pictures.
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