07-30-2012, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by fishysrfun
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?
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.