Originally Posted by cmor1701d
Are you starting a new tank?
The sand will not settle until it is coated with bacteria. You will have sand storm until then. It will be a few days to a week before you can see anything in the tank. As the cycle continues the sand will settle. Be prepared for that.
But that really shouldn't be a concern as there shouldn't be anything you need to see during your cycle.
Just be patient and let it settle down. Once it has settled take a new recently purchased from the dollar store turkey baster and use it to flush off what has settled on your live rock, etc. It will make things cloudy again for a maybe a day, but again, nothing you're really obscuring.
In terms of rinsing, I would not rinse your sand. A variety of particle size in your substrate is usually considered beneficial to the bacteria and fauna that live in your substrate.