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zfarsh 05-17-2011 02:18 AM

How to clean Playsand for a large tank
 
Hi All, just wandering how you guys are cleaning your "playsand" (not pool filter sand which is already cleaned) in a large quantity. I just spend about 3 - 4 hours on one bag of 44 lbs, and i think i am not even finished with it (it stgill fogs up in my 5 gallon pale i am using to clean it), and i still have to do 1 to 2 more on my 75 gallon tank. Any help, with images or videos or anything basically would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

1077 05-17-2011 02:28 AM

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Originally Posted by zfarsh (Post 676236)
Hi All, just wandering how you guys are cleaning your "playsand" (not pool filter sand which is already cleaned) in a large quantity. I just spend about 3 - 4 hours on one bag of 44 lbs, and i think i am not even finished with it (it stgill fogs up in my 5 gallon pale i am using to clean it), and i still have to do 1 to 2 more on my 75 gallon tank. Any help, with images or videos or anything basically would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Things will go much faster with the use of large rubbermaid tub,You can wash much more at one time.
I normally wash around half of 50 lb bag by dumping it into a large tub and using garden hose to rinse it while sifting it repeatedly with my hand.
I then pour the water from the tub and repeat several times.
The more you wash, the less clouding and tanks will usually clear within a few hours8-)

zof 05-17-2011 07:21 PM

I just did a 50 pound bag in 1 hour with a 5 gallon bucket, maybe your sand is dirtier but mine seemed to go pretty quick, I didn't let it settle when I washed it too much so I probably lost 2-3 pounds of sand but with how cheap it is who cares. It will keep fogging up just a bit no matter what you do because of the suspended particles at some point you can see clean enough through it and say its good. Also don't know if you poured the whole thing in the bucket or not but its easier to do smaller loads.

redchigh 05-18-2011 09:33 AM

I'd take it outside in a big rubbermaid container and hose it down with the water on full blast.

Warm water will likely speed up the cleaning too.


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