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Old 08-29-2014, 03:33 AM   #1
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I am back and I have a question about rinsing sand

Ok, so my question is this: How do I rinse new CaribSea Aragamax Sugar-Sized Sand w/o access to a water hose?
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With my 45g tank(that broke in the move) I used Fiji Pink live sand that came wet and I did not rinse it.
I bought CaribSea Aragamax Sugar-Sized sand not realizing that it was dry sand(I just liked the price and it seemed like a good deal which was about $1 a lb with shipping on Amazon. Anyway,I don't have a water source outdoors just indoors.I have buckets but I am worried about getting sand in the plumbing.What would you recommend I use?I watched a Youtube video that used 5 gal buckets w/ batting inside the bucket and duct tape taped to the outside of the bucket. He filled the bucket with a Python hose? I would just use distilled water to rinse it but unsure how I would stir up the stuff I don't want in my tank and put it in my 40g breeder. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 09-03-2014, 03:03 PM   #2
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Did you solve your problem? I would use the shower /tub. 5G bucket Plug tub to keep sand from going down the drain.

Stir well wait a few seconds dump out of the 5g bucket the top 1/3 to 1/2 of the water, and keep that up until water is clear.

Then let all the sand /water settle pour out as much water as possible, then rinse with the distilled water a few times to hopefully get out any residue from the tap water.

Other option drop it directly into the tank and run the filter with a superfine sleeve/pad for a couple days then remove.

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Here is a little secret to cleaning sand.
STEP 1- Fill gallon jug with sand
STEP 2- Set the jug into your aquarium (filled like halfway with water)
STEP 3- Let the jug fill with water (you will see bubbles coming out. When they stop you're good)
STEP 4- Turn the jug upside down and pour out water
STEP 5- When the sand is all out, WITHOUT letting any of the water in the jug escape, take the jug out of the tank
STEP 6- Discard the water and floaty sand

This will clean your sand better then any bucket method. All the sand that would normally float, get's stuck inside of the jug.

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