Here is a article which might help a little too.
Moving Your Fresh Water Aquarium - Aquarium Advice
You might be having a die off of Beneficial Bacteria if the sand was out of the water for a period of time and now causing ammonia. Also you may want to get a 5G container for water from a local fish store (lfs
) full of RO
- reverse osmosis/deionized water and use that to rinse the sand. Use Prime water conditioner if you can get it from your lfs
. This will help.
What kind of fish do you have?
That sand should be fine. Is it new just now put in, or old sand (maybe I didn't understand correctly.
If it was the dirty sand from your old tank, it can have a lot of muck / mulm in it and need rinsining with treated /conditioned water.
Take a look at using a test kit to see if the water has ammonia out of the tap, before conditioning. It seems that your local water treatment facility may be using a great deal more chlorine/chloramine, as the end of summer causes lots of algae in the lakes.
Please do not hesitate to contact the water company on a business day, or maybe the info is available online which can provide a water content report. Interesting you get a bunch of water from a desalinization facility at that city.
City of Oceanside, California - Water Division