1. Bucket Preferably 5 gallon (i used a drink cooler with gallon marks)
2. Inert sand (I used play sand for this tut)
3. Garden hose ( you dont need the handle thing just a plain old hose will work)
4. Good amount of spare time
Here is the sand that i used, the bag said that it was pre washed and strained. Now it might have been but just because it says its pre-washed and everything doesn't mean its ready for your aquarium. 5-14-07 001.jpg Step 1.
Pour in about 1 and a half to 2 gallons worth of sand. and then fill the bucket pretty much to the top with water. While you are filling it with water you don't necessarily need to worry about moving the sand around in the bucket just yet. 5-14-07 008.jpg 5-14-07 011.jpg Step 2.
Now this is where the magic happens.
Now that your bucket has sand and is filled with water using your hand start making a circular motion relatively close to the sand making sure that there aren't any piles of it on the bottom. The goal here is to have all of the sand suspended in the water, After you have stirred up all of the sand give it about 30 seconds or so to where the "good sand" can sink as it sinks really fast and then the smaller floating sand bits that cloud your water will be suspended in the water. Now the first Rinse water will look like water out of a mud puddle very brown and merky. (Arent you glad this isnt in your aquarium?!?!8) 5-14-07 009.jpg Step 3.
Now about 30 seconds to a miniute after stirring your water you want to SLOWLY pour out the water. now your not going to get all of the water out obviously but the goal here is to get the three gallons or so of water out which has the floating sand bits in it. this step you want to repeat ATLEAST 15 times or untill you are happy with how fast the sand settles. Remember when its in ur aquarium the clouding effect will seem much worse if not rinsed properly. 5-14-07 010.jpg Step 4.
Once you have reached the settle time that you have desired (Under 1 miniute is pretty clean sand)
bring your sand inside to your aquarium that should be empty
and start to pile in the sand. once you have the depth of sand you desire then start to smooth it out with your hand or even a ruler. once all the sand has been smoothed out and placed inside the aquarium get a nice big flat "something" so the water that your are putting in your aquarium wont disturb the sand you just smoothed out. 5-14-07 005.jpg Step 5.
Now that you have your clean sand all smoothed out and your aquarium filled with water (hopefully not to the top if you plan on adding rocks and things" you can add your rocks plants and decor. now personally i have a bed of about 2inches as i plan on planting this tank. if you dont plan to have alot of live plants you dont need anything over a inch of sand in the bottom. here is my finished product (rocks arent set up yet just threw them in there to get the volume/water line where it needs to be. 5-14-07.jpg
Now i got the idea to do a tut with pictures from Tyyrlym
and his post which can be found here http://www.fishforum.com/freshwater-...strates-20668/
I hope this helps anyone who is wondering about sand and how to clean it for your aquarium.I bought this sand from a lowes and got three 50lb bags for under 10.00 total. i ended up using only a bag and a half to achieve the 2inch depth of sand. Hope you guys enjoy,Money