10-07-2011, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by BarbH
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'd be careful about cleaning playsand in a bathroom tub for that many gallons. I'm wondering if the others who posted, saying they cleaned the sand only a handful of time in a bucket, were cleaning playsand. I agree with others, it's very dirty, and you will be putting lots of dirt/silt down the drain. It will also take a long time. That is my experience. Perhaps I over cleaned, because when I read on this site how to do it, it said to wash, and wash and wash again. My results were very good, but wow, lots and lots of water and very tiring. I'm soon going to clean a small amount to add to my tank that already has playsand in it, but I can't imagine cleaning sand for a 55 gal tank. I have a washtub to clean in, but I do remember Byron posting that you should not clean in a kitchen sink, and that may be because you will clog your sink. Hope you have success, no matter what you choose!