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New 28G Freshwater w/ Kitty Litter & Play Sand
Old 04-08-2010, 10:00 PM   #1
 
New 28G Freshwater w/ Kitty Litter & Play Sand

Segue: I found an amazing deal of a 28gallon Bow-front WITH stand for 50 bux. GO CRAIGSLIST. Not only that, the lady had over $100 of fish chemicals and fish food. she threw in as well. WOAH. There was at least another $50 worth of ornaments that she threw in.

So, enough with the bragging, I made a mistake.. (drat).

I forgot to rinse the kitty litter and play sand before putting it into the tank. I do this all the time, I get really excited about things and I skip steps. Its my nature, and I always do it.

Will this eventually settle on its own? My brother-in-law suggested I swirl the bottom up as much as I can (effectively rinsing it) and then draining it, and starting again.

I'm not really into this idea, but if it is the best Idea, I will do it.

I'd just like to know if unrinsed playsand and kitty litter will settle on its own. Right now its cloudy.
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:07 AM   #2
 
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I would get rid of the sand and kitty litter. Drain the tank. then just go with play sand.
unless there a reason for kitty litter.
and im not sure but isnt there some kind of chemicals in the kitty litter that could kill your fish you put in the tank?
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:26 AM   #3
 
I chose kitty litter because after much reading, I learned that it is made of the most basic of clays. Clay, of which plants in planted aquariums thrive.

After even more reading, I learned that generic kitty litter makes a very common substrate for those "in the know" with it.

The generic store brand kitty litter ingredients are "Laterite Clay" and that is it. It cost me 1.29.

I love live planted aquariums, and known my aquarium only as such.

I had never implimented the concept before, and with this new tank I have, I decided to give it ago.


I've decided to do several water changes over the course of the next week. The first water change received a 50% clear up in water cloudiness from the dust/dirt.

I think I'm going to pursue this course, and continue on with the water changes until its no longer cloudy.

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Old 04-09-2010, 03:50 AM   #4
 
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Yep, lots of water changes are the way to go.
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:56 AM   #5
 
Let us know how the progress comes, keep on doing the water changes until it clears up.
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:50 PM   #6
 
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I can't wait to see how this works for you! Keep us posted... :)

I 2nd the water changes

For the record... I got my 55g off Craigslist too... $100 for the tank, stand, filters, hoods, lights, heater, backup battery, some rock & a cpl deco's!! GO CRAIGSLIST for sure!!!!!! :D
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