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How the heck do you wash sand?
Old 04-17-2011, 03:03 AM   #11
 
Just throw a bunch of filter floss in the filter and start it up. Unless you have a silly HOB or something the impeller is usually protected by being AFTER the filter media.
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Old 04-17-2011, 03:08 AM   #12
 
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Just throw a bunch of filter floss in the filter and start it up. Unless you have a silly HOB or something the impeller is usually protected by being AFTER the filter media.
Umm okay first off what is a HOB hang on back filter? well yes thats what I have on my ten gallon tanks LoL and no it will hit my impeller first soo probably wasn't a good idea on my part LoL oops live and learn though
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:03 AM   #13
 
if theres no fish i just toss in the sand and then I use clarifier and run polishing pads. Clears up the dust in a couple of days. more expensive, but way less work. Toss out polishing pads in a couple of days and switch em out.
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:51 PM   #14
 
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Umm okay first off what is a HOB hang on back filter? well yes thats what I have on my ten gallon tanks LoL and no it will hit my impeller first soo probably wasn't a good idea on my part LoL oops live and learn though
Just wanted to add...
Turn off the filter when you do anything that may kick up sand like adding water or cleaning the sand. I usually leave the filter turned off for 15 minutes or so after I am done to let the sand settle. I have not nuked a HOB filter since my first sand substrate tank about 10 years ago.

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Old 04-17-2011, 09:03 PM   #15
 
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I just bought 100 pounds of playsand to put in my various tanks, but I can't figure out how in the heck to rinse it! Help! :)

Washing sand can feel like forever, and you will feel like you're using up all the water available. I rinsed sand in a large bucket with hose, only to get out the initial dirt. Than I did small increments in my washtub, and rinsed and rinsed and rinsed. I read on a post here, wash until the water runs clear and than wash 10 more times. I did basically that, but it paid off, my water was clear from the beginning. Experience gives you the hang of it - you begin to see how the water will get "clear" you should be able to see the sand through clear water after just 3 seconds or so of the sand "sitting". It's lots of work. I'd hesitate doing it again, unless for a small tank. Have fun!!

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Old 04-18-2011, 07:39 AM   #16
 
Even if you have "a silly HOB filter" like many of us do (jeez, canister snobs!) the dust like particles that are in suspension clouding the water will not be a problem for an impeller so no worries.
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