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xrayjeeper83 05-07-2010 07:17 AM

washing sand
alright im going to get 55 up and running for a congo puffer, and i want a sand bottom. ive seen people say you should wash play sand before adding it. i feel stupid but what do yall do to wash it? ive always had gravel and would wash it in a strainer, obviously that wont work for sand

JohnnyD44 05-07-2010 07:47 AM

Here's a post a while back from MoneyMitch, it's got pictures and it pretty informative!! I know that Batman and Tyyrym have a thread about it somewhere, but this is the first one I found...

xrayjeeper83 05-07-2010 10:32 AM

awsome thanks for the thread is just what im looking for

JohnnyD44 05-07-2010 11:25 AM

i did hte exact same thing for my dad's 125G....needless to say my hands and fore-arms killed for 3 days, with all the churning and dumping....have fun!!!!!

jeaninel 05-07-2010 01:46 PM

Yup, it's a workout but it'll be worth it.

FishySuzy 05-07-2010 02:07 PM

They're right. You're gonna be tired and achey, but you'll love the look.

xrayjeeper83 05-07-2010 05:27 PM

ok bought 50lbs of sand, hope its enough, got the 5 gallon bucket, but i just figured out my apartment doesnt have any outside faucet's to use. Dont know if I want to tackle 50lbs of sand in my sink(its really shallow).

What problems could arise from not washing it myself? The bag says it is grated and washed already.

jeaninel 05-07-2010 09:10 PM

50 lbs will be plenty. That's how much I used in my 55 gallon. Maybe clean it in the bathtub if you have one. The sink would be kind of a pain. Just be careful not to get too much sand down your drain. You'll regret it if you don't wash it really well as it will make your tank really cloudy and may never fully clear up. Even though the bag says it's washed it's still really dusty. Your apartment complex doesn't have any outside spigot for watering the landscaping?

xrayjeeper83 05-07-2010 09:18 PM

wow its always the easy things i dont think of lol, never though the bathtub.

Nope i looked all around my building and there isnt a single outside spigot

JohnnyD44 05-08-2010 03:43 PM

50 lbs will be more than enough.

I wouldn't use the sink, it can clogg it up pretty nasty...I would use the tub or find a friend who has a spigot you can use...

+1 on washing even though it says its 'washed'. you'll be shocked when you see how much crap some out of it when you start dumping the dirty water.

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