Originally Posted by pche
Ahh thanks a lot for that, Your aquarium looks lovely! Looks like its going to be play sand for my tank then! Also another quick question? How do you clean the sand before you put it in the tank? just in a big bucket? And is there any way to prevent it from getting in your filter (i have a canister filter). Thanks a lot.
On the filter, the intake should be about 5-6 inches above the substrate. Mine is in the back right corner (the filter outflow is in the top left corner). I never touch the substrate, so it is unlikely to get stirred up back there. You could lay a flat chunk of rock below the intake if you really want to make sure.
Washing the sand is very tedious. It does have a lot of fine dirt in it. You can do it outside with a hose, but I use a 3 gallon pail with about 5 cups of sand at a time, and in the laundry sink (less likely to clog from the bit of sand that will get down the drain). Rinse, dump, rinse, dump...over and over.
But the end result is worth it.