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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.
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Originally Posted by Boredomb View Post
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.
Last edited by Thoth; 04-17-2011 at 08:54 PM.
Originally Posted by WashingtonCowgirl View Post
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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