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Old 02-17-2012, 10:40 PM   #1
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Question about sand substrate.

I went to Petco and bought sand for my aquarium. It is packaged real ocean sand. The bag said it was pre-cleaned and cycled but when I put it in my tank it instantly clouded up heavily. I turned off my filter and powerhead to help it settle and it helped a little but not much. Anyone have any tips to clear that water up besides water changes?
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:46 PM   #2
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When I put my sand in, I immediately clouded up the tank. I turned everything of an let it settle. When you are doing your water changes, you are taking out the sand particles in the water. I would suggest letting it sit.
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:48 PM   #3
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Should have rinsed the sand.
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:45 AM   #4
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Correct me if I wrong but that sand also is live sand so u really can't rinse it first inless u rinse it in saltwater but then I would think u would be defeating the purpose of buying live sand other wise u might as well buy regular sand because the salt water is part of the live sand if it is the same stuff I'm thinking of
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You are correct it is live sand..
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:54 AM   #6
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If u have a filter I would leave it on all my tanks when the have got cloudy because of not cleaning the sand I leave it on and clean the filter every couple of hours or when u can that's what a filter is for it will take a while but leaveing the filter off puts all the stuff from the sand right back to the bottom there for not cleaning it at all
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I'll give it a shot. Thanks.
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I would put carbon in ur filter if not all ready just in case there's anything bad in there it helps make it nice and clear to it may take a day or so but u should start seeing a difference in three or four hours
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I've got carbon in there. Here's hoping it works. I hate seeing it like this
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Good luck just make sure u clean the filter as much as u can to get the stuff
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