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Old 04-21-2011, 12:11 AM   #1
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Rinse sand?

Do I need to rinse my dry live sand? If so, how will I know when I've rinsed enough?
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:50 AM   #2
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is it dry sand or live sand. If its dry rinse it, I'm not too sure on how to rinse sand. If its live, I believe the bag would say No rinse, but most people don't believe in live sand anyways so they would prob rinse it too. I bought live sand and did not rinse. I wish I didn't though because there's a lot of little shells, rocks, pieces of random stuff in my sand so it looks kind of dirty
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:11 AM   #3
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Stick it in a bucket and let water run through it until the water overflowing from the side of the bucket is reasonably clear. Not washing could result in a cloudy mess for days.
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Stick it in a bucket and let water run through it until the water overflowing from the side of the bucket is reasonably clear. Not washing could result in a cloudy mess for days.
I had to learn that the hard way lol
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:04 AM   #5
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I had to learn that the hard way lol
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The best way to rinse dry sand is to fill a 5g bucket 1/3 of the way and add water. Use your hand to reach in and stir around the sand. After about a minute of doing this, pour out the cloudy water (slowly so you don't lose a lot of sand), and then refill. Do this until the water you're pouring out is clear. Repeat until the desired amount of sand is clean.

*If you don't rinse the sand enough, you're subjecting yourself to a cloudy tank for at least 2-3 days. The silt that was floating around making the water cloudy will slowly settle on the rocks and sand like dust. If you make any movement in the water close to this "dust", get yourself ready for another day or two of cloudy water. Don't be lazy and you'll thank yourself later... trust me!
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:12 AM   #6
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Thank you all. I've already had the tank set up once but when I went to gravel vac, it made my whole tank milky. I'm not a noob at using the vac so I was like [mod edit]! I know what I'm doing after work lol.
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:43 AM   #7
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Like uscamaro said, I just did mine on the weekend. I had sugar fine aragonite sand and rinsed it in a 5 gal bucket.. water was slightly cloudy for about 2 hrs and that was it.. Its alot better to do it that way than have a tank full of floatys for a few days plus if you have a sump all the silt will work its way down there if you have any pumps running..

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Awesome, I just have bioballs and a protien skimmer in the sump... I had it goin for two weeks and any time the sand was touched the tank was filthy. Thanks.
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I just put my water in. Had a small plate on the sand so the water could run off, didn't get cloudy at all... Just put my salt in, waiting to test it.
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Old 04-25-2011, 02:52 PM   #10
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worst is black sand you'll be polishing water for a few days even after a good rinse...
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