04-17-2011, 03:32 AM
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Originally Posted by excal88
Usually letting the sand settle for about 10-15 minutes is a safe bet for the tank before turning on the filter. You don't want to turn on the filter if there's lots of sand particles floating around because those particles can potentially jam up/break your filter.
For cleaning sand there's only 1 real way to do it properly, and thats taking a hose, a big bucket, and swishing the sand around it via water pressure until its completely clear. It takes some time, but its worth it as some of the dust particles in the sand can potentially harm your fish.
Thanks you know I never put much thought into the particles messing up the filter makes sense though