Ok so My tank is only 3 weeks old and I have put my fish through so much I kinda feel bad.
After reading all the posts and seeing pictures with sand I decied to spend Monday getting sand for my 20g tank.
I went to home depot and picked up some quickrete play sand. Although I was a bit nervous when the bag stated to be used for sandboxes only and not to use it for anything else. (it said it was already rinsed) However when I rinced it a nice Orange color started to float around.
I proceeded to wash the sand for 3 0min each time i would rince and dump the water would get lighter and lighter. I used high pressure hose to rince and would dump and rinse over and over. The water was mostly clear even with high pressure sturing things up so I thought it should be good. Dumped the excess water and went to put it in the tank.
I took out the gravel before going to the store to get the sand but left the fish in the tank.
I emptied the tank and kept my fish in a bucket with the few plants I had so they could hide if they wanted to. In the empty tank I put in the wet sand about a inch deep give or take a little bit.
put a plastic container in the tank to dump water into and this stirred up the sand on the bottom but not real bad. Put my plants and decor back in the tank.
Filled the tank the rest of the way except for the amount of water left in the bucket from the old tank with my fish.
The water was only a little cloudy overall didn't look bad. So after a hour I put the fish back in I didnt want to leave them in the bucket to long.
I waited a little bit before turning my filters on I have a aquaclear 50 and aqueon 10. I figured this would help with the cloudy water. Now I have noticed a little bit of sand has settled since overnight but this morning the tank is still cloudy. Like I said not horrible. I even at one point shut my filters off for 2 hours to see if that would make a difference and no.
Will this clear up? Did I not wash the sand enough. I had tanks over the years but never used sand I am new to it. Should I do a water change? I will post a pic when I get home tonight (at work right now)