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Old 02-01-2012, 09:31 AM   #11
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I prefer sand over gravel, it is easier to clean in the tank when doing water changes cause it doesn't trap debris. As far as damaging filters I just keep my intake tube at least 6 inches above the gravel so fish stirring it up won't get it into the filter. I also turn off filters during water changes.

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There is no way blasting sand is easier to clean than gravel. What I did with mine was pass it back and forth between buckets outside to allow the breeze to blow away much of the fine dust. I then washed it in small quantities. There was no cloudiness when I added it to the tank. The problem with doing a large amount is that the fine dust is re-trapped when you stir it.
Lol! I agree when you're washing it, I meant using the python during water changes...its easier to clean.

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I know this is an older post, but appears relevant enough to be bumped.

I'm in the process of setting up my tank again. I bought a bag from tractor supply co. as mentioned and dumped it into my tank before reading that I should have cleaned it first. I've got a 75 gallon tank that's completely dry and only contains the sand. What's the best way to rinse the sand now?
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Scoop it back up and rinse it and put it back in would be the best way. Less headaches later

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