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Ideas for cleaning sand inside
Over that past couple of months I have been thinking about doing a sand substrate in my 50 gallon. I have been thinking about doing playsand because of it's affordability. The one thing I would have to figure out is what would be the best way for me to clean the sand before placing it in the tank. I live in an apartment, so cleaning the sand outside with a garden hose, or using a utlility tub are not options. The most convenient way that I can think of is in the bath tub. Any ideas of the best way carrying this out? I do have a python type water changer system, that I could use to run to the tub. I think I remember once reading about someone placing the sand in a pillow case and than placing it in the shower to clean the sand, any thoughts of how well that might work?
I've never heard the pillow case idea. I just put it in a bucket in my kitchen sink the particles that run off are small. Do make sure if you have any filters other than a sponge you turn them off while adding sand so it doesn't ruin your impellers, sand will eat up an impeller.
Originally Posted by k19smith View Post
Thanks, I have sponge filters running in this tank so don't have to worry about anything bring sucked up into the filter. If I do change the substrate I plan on doing a complete tear down taking everything and everyone out and do the change over. I am planning on placing a plant order soon, so I am thinking that if I do change the substrate I will wait until my plant order comes in. It will make is easier in redoing my aquascaping also then.
when you get your sand, check if it comes in a woven type bag, with the plastic strips overlapping eachother so that you get small holes so the water drains out of. if so, grab your bag cut the top wide open and pour buckets of water (since hose isnt available) into the sand, the water should just pull all the dirt out.
I did it in my bathroom sink. Filled a 3 gallon tuperware half way with sand, washed it thoroughly like 4 times, dumped the 'washed' substrate into the empty tank. Then went and repeated it, until I had enough substrate on the bottom. Took me probably 15 minutes to wash the substrate for my 20 gallon tank, and used about 30 LBs of Playsand from Home Depot (which was 3 dollars for a 50lb bag). After running a filter for 24 hours it was completely crystal clear. I then switched filter media (that one was my 'sand' cartridge that got all nasty with sand) and put in media from another tank to kickstart cycling, with plants and some additional substrate from the other tank. Worked like a charm.
29g Saltwater Reef
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Originally Posted by Chevelle View Post
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