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Got 50lbs of mason sand today (a tiny bit coarser than play sand, with some dark speckles to it) to do a split sand/gravel scape in my 55g. I have read 200 different methods of cleaning sand, and I know the sand will have to get super washed before I use it, but what method do yall prefer for cleaning the sand? I only have to do probably half of a 50lb bag.
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Originally Posted by beetlebz View Post
Hey, I'm a pro at sand washing Ideally, start outdoors with a hose and a small bucket. Put the hose into the sand and rinse, and slowly let the dirty water wash out as you go. Once it's a bit clearer, you can move indoors if you must, but it's great to do outside the entire time. Warm weather is coming! I preferred washing about 4-5 cups at a time, in a small bucket, over more sand in a larger bucket. You continue to rinse, until you can see the sand through clear water, after letting sand sit for say 30 seconds. I may have overwashed, but I never had cloudy water, except in my second go around, where I tried to away with a bit less washing, and even then with a couple water changes and the filter running, it will clear in time.
Hope that helps. I stuck the hose down into the sand and let the water churn up the sand, as you let water go out of the bucket at the same time, either on the ground or washtub, whatever way you go.
I would not put dirty, silty sand down any sink or drain, except for a washtub, IMO. I think people who rent have done it differently, but I wonder how many drain problems follow shortly.
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Last edited by GwenInNM; 03-12-2012 at 06:30 PM.
When I washed s bag of pool filter sand I went a little bigger, using a 5g pail - but the method was about the same. A good measure of sand, then blast water in from the hose and pour the floaters out. Repeat until the pour out is clear.
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