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Jester10 07-21-2012 02:23 PM

Cleaning sand quickly

found this video on youtube. I didn't believe it when i saw it but would this be an affective, although time consuming way, to clean sand before putting sand in the aquarium?

Byron 07-21-2012 06:28 PM

That is certainly worth trying. I intend changing over my 70g this month, I'll give this a go. Can't be any more time consuming than rinsing 3 cups of sand at a time, and much less effort. Thanks for posting this.:-)


AbbeysDad 07-21-2012 10:37 PM

Imagine getting damp sand into the bottle. I'll stick to the 5g pail outside with a garden hose.

Jester10 07-21-2012 10:51 PM

I think he put dry sand in it. Thats why i asked if this was a suitable way to rinse sand. The water allows the heavy sand to fall out but pushes ( in theory ) the toxins, if their are any, up along with the dust and fine particles. I would not do this with fish in as shown but I was curious if anyone else tried this and can confirm that it is safe for fish.
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thekoimaiden 07-22-2012 11:02 AM

I wish I had known about this before I switched my 29 gal over to sand. I'll certainly give it a try next time I set up a sand tank. I'm interested to hear how your experience is with it, Byron.

jeaninel 07-22-2012 02:03 PM

Seems like it would take forever this way if you were putting sand in a large tank such a 6 ft tank. But might be worth a try for smaller tanks.

cwmorrow 07-23-2012 10:38 AM

It looks too good to be true.
Please let us know how it goes, Byron.

KPainter 07-23-2012 10:56 AM

I need to add a little sand to one area of my 36g. I'm going to try this with a smaller bottle. Will let you know how it works.

KPainter 07-23-2012 12:41 PM

Okay, just used this method to add sand to an established tank. The spot where I needed to put the sand was a little tight to get into, but overall I had to say the method worked pretty well. The water is definitely a little cloudy, but nothing like when I first added the washed sand. This sand was unwashed and it really seemed like much of the crap stayed behind in the bottle. I'd use this method again if I had to add more sand.

Absntmind 07-23-2012 01:29 PM

I don't see the benefit as well, unless you don't have access to an outdoor area with a hose. I just fill up a 5 gallon bucket about halfway and stick a running hose in it down to the bottom. Just let it overflow, and stir it around with the hose occasionaly. After, quickly tip it over to dump out any remaining suspended particles and good to go. Sitting in a lawn chair I was able to clean over 2 large bags in less than an hour, or enough to fill a 55 gallon.

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