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Old 08-18-2014, 12:29 AM   #11
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The best way to rinse sand, is to
1) fill bottle with sand
2)set in aquarium right side up
3) wait until it stops bubbling
4) turn it over and shake the sand out.
5) turn it back over and take out of aquarium.
6)discard the water.

When you dump out the sand, all the floaty cloudy sand stays in the bottle.
Interesting. I'll have to try that.

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Old 08-18-2014, 06:50 PM   #12
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Interesting. I'll have to try that.

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I did that in an established tank and got next to no cloudiness.
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I have a tank that needs another 120 pounds of gravel. Scooping it one bottle at a time might be too much work in this situation.

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Gravel doesn't really need to be rinsed. But if you need to do a large amount of sand, use a gallon jug. And trust me, this method will still be a lot easier then cleaning by hand.
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I'll get a wide mouthed gallon jug from the dollar store and give it a try. I figure it will be 6 or 7 scoops per 20 pound bag, times 6 bags. Thanks for the tip.

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I'll get a wide mouthed gallon jug from the dollar store and give it a try. I figure it will be 6 or 7 scoops per 20 pound bag, times 6 bags. Thanks for the tip.

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I did a 50 pound bag with a 2 liter bottle and it was nothing, so with a gallon jug it should be cake.
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To rinse the sand in my son's tank I used a water hose and a 5-gallon bucket. I put sand about 1/4 the depth of the bucket, set the bucket on the back deck and tilted it with a piece of 4x4, then turned the water on high and stuck the hose in the bucket to where the end was forcing water deep into the sand. The loose sediment swirled in the water and spilled over the top and onto the ground and the heavier coarse sand sank to the bottom of the bucket. When the water ran clear we put the sand in the tank and started again. We did a 3-inch sand bed in his 75-gallon tank in about 4 hours. No cloudiness, no muss, no fuss.
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