Originally Posted by Homer16
Yeah I figured I would just use my smaller bucket and rinse a small amount of sand so that way I can assure its clean. May take 6 buckets of sand for the two larger tanks but I would rather it be really clean then risk losing fish. I can pack it down and add the water slow so I dont stir up as much sand.
Two bags will give you sufficient for all the tanks previously listed. You don't want more than 2 inches overall depth.
I found that washing small amounts is easier. I place no more than 3 measuring cups of sand in a pail, then rinse that about 6-7 times. "Rinse" means filling the pail with water, swishing around the sand, then tipping gently so the sand itself does not come out. By the 6th rinse you will be able to see the sand at the bottom of the pail full of water, before swishing it around. You can do more rinses, with a smaller tank that is not so bad; I last did my 115g which had two full bags of sand which was a lot of work.