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Aquarium sand or play sand?
Old 01-18-2013, 08:39 AM   #41
 
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Ive rinsed both tanks sands in the tube and not a single problem. Pour slowly to prevent the sand pouring out.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:01 PM   #42
 
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Ive rinsed both tanks sands in the tube and not a single problem. Pour slowly to prevent the sand pouring out.
I wanted to drain it into the sink basically but a big laundry tub sink is that okay? Im just worried about the crud and dirt going down the drain and settling.

I just went out and bought 4 20kg bags of Quickrete play sand, 2 5 gallon pails came to $39 after tax. Ill do the sand later tonight so I have a weekend to myself :) The one bag was 50% off (we didnt ask they offered) because there was a hole in it but 95% of the sand was still in there
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:46 PM   #43
 
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I wanted to drain it into the sink basically but a big laundry tub sink is that okay? Im just worried about the crud and dirt going down the drain and settling.

I just went out and bought 4 20kg bags of Quickrete play sand, 2 5 gallon pails came to $39 after tax. Ill do the sand later tonight so I have a weekend to myself :) The one bag was 50% off (we didnt ask they offered) because there was a hole in it but 95% of the sand was still in there

I'm sure it'll be fine. If you're super worried you can go at it with the pluger after each bucket. My shower/tub hasn't wavered yet ;)
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:18 PM   #44
 
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I wouldn't use a drain, especially if there's anything mechanical (garbage disposal, mechanical 'lever' to open/close the drain, etc)

I've done it, but I'd be lying if I said it was safe. I bet a plumber would shudder in horror.

At the minimum, I'd do the first rinse outside.
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Old 01-18-2013, 03:37 PM   #45
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Yah, that sediment will hang up in anything and contribute to problems down the road, there is a lot of crap that comes off the rinsing and a lot of it is just really fine sand grains.

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Old 01-18-2013, 03:57 PM   #46
 
this is not recommended and I can't believe I used to do this. But is does show an extreme for consideration.

What I used to do decades ago is just take a wastebasket to the local redimix place and get a buckedfull of whatever sand they had on the lot.

pour that in the tank, add water, stick in the plants and top off the last 1" of water in the tank.

What a mess!!!!!!!!!

I literally could not see 1/4" into the tank.

But then two days later the tank was crystal clear with everything having a dusting of whatever fell out of the water. And some floating stuff as well. The flowties sometimes would take a few weeks before they sank and the tank was totally clean.

I hate to think what would have happened if I ran a mechanical filterr of any kind.

But the tank supported fish just fine for years and years.

(now I use a layered approach which results in a tank that is clear right from the start. Undoubtly helped my just wetting the substrate and planting the plants before filling up the tank.)


perhaps our tanks are more forgiving then we realize.

Or beaslbob is just crazy

Still just my .02
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:41 PM   #47
 
Im going to be starting everything in a few minutes. What about a floor drain? I have one in my laundry room if that any different from a sink drain I assume they go the same place but the floor would be more direct...
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:18 PM   #48
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Im going to be starting everything in a few minutes. What about a floor drain? I have one in my laundry room if that any different from a sink drain I assume they go the same place but the floor would be more direct...
All drains have a trap and that is where it starts to buildup, BUT, if you have a floor drain with a fairly large slope area you can dump the pail away from the drain and the heavier sediment will settle before it gets to the drain. You would just squeegee or sweep the sediment away from the pouring area each time... it may reduce some of what goes down but it is more work. this way what does go down will be pushed along and not settle as quickly getting it farther along the system and more likely to continue to be pushed along.

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Old 01-18-2013, 08:11 PM   #49
 
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All drains have a trap and that is where it starts to buildup, BUT, if you have a floor drain with a fairly large slope area you can dump the pail away from the drain and the heavier sediment will settle before it gets to the drain. You would just squeegee or sweep the sediment away from the pouring area each time... it may reduce some of what goes down but it is more work. this way what does go down will be pushed along and not settle as quickly getting it farther along the system and more likely to continue to be pushed along.

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Already rinsed about 50lbs. I did it outside in 5 gallon pales with the pales 1/4 full. Rinse a few times brought inside and emptied into a huge rubbermaid. Draining the large tank now. Before I add the sand since theres some sediment I will put into smaller container and rinse more in the laundry tub before adding. Then ill plunge the sink and add drain cleaner :)
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:05 AM   #50
 
Okay got the 38 gallon done (sister pulled a nasty prank on me had me in a full out panic she said she applied more silicone to the tank so I had to wait 48 hours with nowhere to put my fish! But she was kidding...finally told me)

So that ones done, the one 5.5 gal is done working on the 35 gallon tank. Wow, so much work. But so much prettier then gravel!
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