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Old 08-03-2012, 12:17 PM   #11
 
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i cleaned my 150 lbs of it in 3 hrs that way.when i put it in it didnt even cloud.when i did it your way the first time it took me almost the day and it clouded my tank for almost a week.

That's great, but it's really unnecessary to wash that much at once. Also, wet sand weighs more than dry sand, so moving a bucket weighing 75 lbs is not something most people should attempt to do.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:39 PM   #12
 
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I would add the sand first, the put a plate or something and pour the water on that. You can pour it onto the sand but it forever. I did that today with a 2 gallon and it took quite a bit.
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:12 PM   #13
 
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I have to agree. I am a total WIMP so I wash small amounts at a time.
Don't endanger your back for the sake of some sand! Take your time!
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:17 PM   #14
 
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It is easier to clean using maybe 3 or 4 cups at a time. Takes longer perhaps, but each pail will be better rinsed. Add the sand to the empty tank. When it's all in, add water to maybe 5-6 inches, then siphon out; this removes a lot of leftover dust. When you fill, be careful not to disturb the sand; place a large soupbowl or similar and run the water into that.

I prefer play sand because it is natural in appearance to the sand in Amazonia. The fish look nice over this. Avoid white sand.
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Old 08-04-2012, 01:22 PM   #15
 
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I'd like to give thanks to everyone who has given me advice in this thread! I feel much more confident using sand as a substrate now! :)
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Old 08-04-2012, 04:35 PM   #16
 
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Like canisters, it only seems scary ;)
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Old 08-04-2012, 04:49 PM   #17
 
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Like canisters, it only seems scary ;)
My canister terrifies me. (Not set up yet).
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:38 AM   #18
 
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My canister terrifies me. (Not set up yet).
Awww, don't be afraid of it. The canister is your friend
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:45 PM   #19
 
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Today, I bought some play sand.. but I'm having trouble getting it clean. I bought one of those larger toy buckets with a shovel (so I'd know nothing else had been in it) and I keep rinsing.. but the water still isn't clear! I washed my bucket of sand so many times. Someone suggested a water hose would be easier, but we don't have one.. Help?
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:03 PM   #20
 
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That's been my experience with play sand - when I finally got it clean, all the softness was washed out of it.
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