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    Default River sand

    Any body using river sand in their planted aquariums? I grabbed a few buckets a couple of weeks ago and just chucked it in my new tank, without washing it. I'm finding a lot of fine dirt at the bottom or obviously when it's stired up I find it settles on the leaves.

    Today I took the sand out to clean it but seems to take along time to get all the sediment out of the bucket. Should I persist in cleaning it? I want that super clear water look, I just don't know if I'll get it with natural sand.




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    I have used it with the 2toned sub. Although it clouds crazy, it settles within a few hours. You can achieve the crisp look without having to wash it.

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    Wash
    Rinse
    Wash
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    Wash
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    Wash
    Rinse
    Wash
    Rinse
    Wash
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    Wash
    Rinse
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    Rinse

    That should do it
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    Cleaning sand is the absolute worst. The pillowcase trick helped me with my last lot of pool filter sand. If you dont care about clarity though the clay in the river sand is really nutritious for plants.
    Chris -my tank

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    Graeme is that the correct amount of times to wash , rinse. haha
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    In this tank, I used unwashed propogating sand and river sand in layers.

    I had massive diatoms for months but the tank did clear eventually when I added about 200 cherry shrimp to eat all the algae!
    http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showt...ank-of-Enquiry

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    Quote Originally Posted by churchy View Post
    Graeme is that the correct amount of times to wash , rinse. haha
    Graeme is completely incorrect. That is nowhere near enough rinsing and repeating !!!
    Whatever

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyAdo View Post
    Graeme is completely incorrect. That is nowhere near enough rinsing and repeating !!!
    I agree.
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    Do it right this time.

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    Ha i did mine the lazy way
    Threw it in my cement mixer about 5 kg at a time let it spin with hose running..after a few minutes poured the water off and repeated til i was happy
    Then just moved to next bucket full
    Any debris just came to the top and poured out over lip of mixer
    Did about 50 kg..only took about 6 beers
    Since then ive moved to washed pit sand from the local landscape yard..soooo much less washing involved as long as you get straight pit sand ...not brickies blend as that has loam in it and that sends your tank a lovely shade of brown

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