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post #1 of 10 Old 07-30-2012, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 38 gallon tank that is cycling and a recently added sand as the substrate but i forgot to wash it and the water is all cloudy it is in a sealed package and is supposed to be pre washed. I took some out to wash (about 20 pounds). Will it hurt the fish and what should i do to clear the water?
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-30-2012, 08:26 PM
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I have a 38 gallon tank that is cycling and a recently added sand as the substrate but i forgot to wash it and the water is all cloudy it is in a sealed package and is supposed to be pre washed. I took some out to wash (about 20 pounds). Will it hurt the fish and what should i do to clear the water?
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What type of sand? If it is something like playsand, it has fine dirt in it which is why we wash it so much, but this will not hurt the fish. It just looks unsightly. It will eventually clear. I have removed all the sand once, when i didn't wash it enough, and re-washed it. If you don;t have fish in the tank, this is best. You can also do a major water change siphoning out all the water you can, and hold the siphon close to the bottom (not into the sand, but just above it) to pick up as much dirt as you can.

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What type of sand? If it is something like playsand, it has fine dirt in it which is why we wash it so much, but this will not hurt the fish. It just looks unsightly. It will eventually clear. I have removed all the sand once, when i didn't wash it enough, and re-washed it. If you don;t have fish in the tank, this is best. You can also do a major water change siphoning out all the water you can, and hold the siphon close to the bottom (not into the sand, but just above it) to pick up as much dirt as you can.

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It is aquarium sand from Petco. How do i go about taking all the sand out?

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It is aquarium sand from Petco. How do i go about taking all the sand out?
Drain the water out. Then use something to dig out the sand into a bucket. I use a small plastic container that I use only for fish-related. A cup will work, or a small trowell. Just be careful not to scratch the glass. Sand and gravel rubbed against glass will scratch it.

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Ok il have to try that thanks for your help

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Oh also when i was washing the 20 pounds i took out it started to rain so i left it out in the rain will that harm the fish?
There is also little air bubbles on the sand are they a problem?

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Oh also when i was washing the 20 pounds i took out it started to rain so i left it out in the rain will that harm the fish?
No. Rinse it off though, dirt can be in rain when it first starts.

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There are little bubbles on top of the sand do you know why (sorry for all these questions)

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There are little bubbles on top of the sand do you know why (sorry for all these questions)
Probably air. Give the sand a bit of a stir (with water in the tank) to release them at once.

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post #10 of 10 Old 08-01-2012, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Cool i washed it and everything seems to have cleared up Yay!

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