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Old 06-19-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
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Play sand

How long does it usually take for play sand to settle in a tank?
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:54 PM   #2
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It all depends on how much you rinse it first, and how much filtration you have. It took just under a day for me.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:01 PM   #3
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It all depends on how much you rinse it first, and how much filtration you have. It took just under a day for me.
Very true depends on how much you rinse first I did mine in about 2.5 hours and managed to get it all it settled right away when filled just put a plate or something to that effect when filling
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:40 PM   #4
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Well ill be putting a sponge filter in for the tank cause its going to be a breeding tank, and I didn't rinse very long maybe like and hour it took for 50 lbs
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Well ill be putting a sponge filter in for the tank cause its going to be a breeding tank, and I didn't rinse very long maybe like and hour it took for 50 lbs
That sounds about right did you rinse till the water was clear that's what I aimed for that is
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:11 PM   #6
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Not really it was still alittle cloudy but now I can probably see like 6 inches into the tank. I might change all the water tomorrow and pour it in one cup at a time
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:28 PM   #7
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I also used play sand in my 55 gal and I used three buckets and 1 at a time I put the Garden hose in there and pushed the sand around with the water pressure but when it got clear I let the water run stuck down in the sand for another 20 min longer and I had no floatys.I love the look and good luck
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:57 PM   #8
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When I do my 55 ill do that but I'm going to try pool filter sand
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:08 PM   #9
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Not really it was still alittle cloudy but now I can probably see like 6 inches into the tank. I might change all the water tomorrow and pour it in one cup at a time
You can use something to divert the flow so as not to kick up the sand as much
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:13 PM   #10
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You can use something to divert the flow so as not to kick up the sand as much
A bowl should work well for this
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:37 PM   #11
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Yeah I'll try it tomorrow ill keep you guys posted on how it goes and ill include some pics too on before and after
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:36 PM   #12
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So here are some pics after I did a 100 percent water change, sorry I forgot to take a pic before I did it...


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How long should I wait to add my shrimp/ guppies?
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So here are some pics after I did a 100 percent water change, sorry I forgot to take a pic before I did it...

How long should I wait to add my shrimp/ guppies?
Once your tank is cycled it should be good to go is that play sand dyed?
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:38 AM   #14
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No just regular play sand from lowes, why do you think it looks dyed?
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No just regular play sand from lowes, why do you think it looks dyed?
Not really your pic just made it look lighter than what mine does is all
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So here are some pics after I did a 100 percent water change, sorry I forgot to take a pic before I did it...

How long should I wait to add my shrimp/ guppies?
That's a very deep layer of sand- I thought sand substrate had to be shallow to avoid the gases from anaerobic bacteria building up?
I don't know, I haven't done mine yet- but I'm keen to know whether its true or not.
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Well I might have low light plants, won't that make a difference
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