- - Cleaning Sand
|shavon ||02-05-2007 12:26 PM |
I have just decided to convert from gravel to sand. What is the easiest way to clean the sand before putting it in the tank.
|Melissa ||02-05-2007 12:46 PM |
you will have to put the sand in a bowl and rinse it that way. just fill the bowl with some water with the sand in it, mix it around with your hands then dump the water out.
|squiggles1 ||02-05-2007 12:57 PM |
u may know but u have to be sure to turn the sand when it's in your tank to keep harmful pockets from builing up in it and harming your fish
|shavon ||02-05-2007 04:13 PM |
|musho3210 ||02-05-2007 04:42 PM |
when you get the sand you should grab two handfuls, one with each hand, and rub them together and let them sift through your fingers, and fall to a bucket of water, repeat until finished. this way will help preventing the sand from compacting whilst in the water
|shavon ||02-05-2007 06:15 PM |
Well I followed the advise everyone gave me. Thanks. I now have sand in my aquarium. I added the sand while doing a normal water change. I figured it would be easier to clean between taking the gravel out and putting the sand in. It clouded the water a little bit. Is this normal? I figure that it will clear up in a couple of hours but just wanted to make sure.
|Lupin ||02-05-2007 06:17 PM |
It's normal. It will settle in a matter of hours although minutes is possible since you said it is clouding slightly.:)
|shavon ||02-05-2007 07:15 PM |
I want to thanks everyone for their support and help.
|Donut ||02-05-2007 07:44 PM |
A bit off topic, but related...
Is there any special procedure to cleaning the sand as compared to gravel? Do you lose a whole lot of sand using a gravel Vac?
|musho3210 ||02-05-2007 09:27 PM |
use a gravel vac but dont stick it in the sand and dont leave it near the sand. Get close to the sand and stir the gravel vac in figure 8 motions over the sand, the detriutus is on the top of the sand bed
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