03-31-2011, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by GwenInNM
Thanks Amanda for giving me that. Do you or have you ever used playsand? I'm so bummed. I rinsed, rinsed and rinsed, and when I put water in the tank it was nice and clear. I ended up buying a new filter and waited for that to come before setting up tank. I took the old water out as it had sat for at least one week as I waited for my filter. Set up the filter and refilled the tank, and it's cloudy!! Could just having a filter pulling in water and putting it out, stir up that much to create cloudiness? I'm wondering if the shrimp could be doing that - but that would have been awful fast. I guess I can only hope that with water changes over time, it will clear. It's not nice looking! :(
I have not used any substrate other than gravel (although when I upgrade the smaller tank, I plan on doing sand).
I have heard a lot of issues from others who tried to use playsand. I know traditional aquarium sand (I know, its expensive!) clouds after adding the water but is usually clear within a couple of days using the filter. Make sure the filter intake isnt too close to the sand otherwise sand particles can get into the filter and mess it up. Hopefully more people with more knowledge on the playsand as a substrate can chime in. I will go do some scavenging through TFK for some older threads regarding it and see what I can find for you as far as if its usable or not.