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post #1 of 17 Old 07-21-2012, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning sand quickly


found this video on youtube. I didn't believe it when i saw it but would this be an affective, although time consuming way, to clean sand before putting sand in the aquarium?
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-21-2012, 07:28 PM
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That is certainly worth trying. I intend changing over my 70g this month, I'll give this a go. Can't be any more time consuming than rinsing 3 cups of sand at a time, and much less effort. Thanks for posting this.

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post #3 of 17 Old 07-21-2012, 11:37 PM
Imagine getting damp sand into the bottle. I'll stick to the 5g pail outside with a garden hose.

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post #4 of 17 Old 07-21-2012, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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I think he put dry sand in it. Thats why i asked if this was a suitable way to rinse sand. The water allows the heavy sand to fall out but pushes ( in theory ) the toxins, if their are any, up along with the dust and fine particles. I would not do this with fish in as shown but I was curious if anyone else tried this and can confirm that it is safe for fish.
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post #5 of 17 Old 07-22-2012, 12:02 PM
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I wish I had known about this before I switched my 29 gal over to sand. I'll certainly give it a try next time I set up a sand tank. I'm interested to hear how your experience is with it, Byron.

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post #6 of 17 Old 07-22-2012, 03:03 PM
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Seems like it would take forever this way if you were putting sand in a large tank such a 6 ft tank. But might be worth a try for smaller tanks.

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post #7 of 17 Old 07-23-2012, 11:38 AM
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It looks too good to be true.
Please let us know how it goes, Byron.
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post #8 of 17 Old 07-23-2012, 11:56 AM
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I need to add a little sand to one area of my 36g. I'm going to try this with a smaller bottle. Will let you know how it works.

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post #9 of 17 Old 07-23-2012, 01:41 PM
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Okay, just used this method to add sand to an established tank. The spot where I needed to put the sand was a little tight to get into, but overall I had to say the method worked pretty well. The water is definitely a little cloudy, but nothing like when I first added the washed sand. This sand was unwashed and it really seemed like much of the crap stayed behind in the bottle. I'd use this method again if I had to add more sand.

-Kristen's tanks:

14g Tall:
Planted, eco-complete, Red Cherry Shrimp

16g Aqueon Bowfront:
Planted, eco-complete, 8 Ember tetras, 7 Green neon tetras, 6 Harlequin Rasboras

36 Aqueon Bowfront: Planted, sand, 10 Julii cories, 8 Zebra Danios
7 Cherry Barbs, Asst snails & Ghost shrimp
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-23-2012, 02:29 PM
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I don't see the benefit as well, unless you don't have access to an outdoor area with a hose. I just fill up a 5 gallon bucket about halfway and stick a running hose in it down to the bottom. Just let it overflow, and stir it around with the hose occasionaly. After, quickly tip it over to dump out any remaining suspended particles and good to go. Sitting in a lawn chair I was able to clean over 2 large bags in less than an hour, or enough to fill a 55 gallon.
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