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    How do I clean play sand?

    hey, just bought 50lbs of play sand from lowes and i want to make sure its safe, so how do i go about washing it?
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    got any buckets, preferably 5 gallon? Fill it up half way with sand, stick hose to the very bottom of the bucket, and fill it up. Keep the water flowing gentle enough so that it doesn't blast slurry everywhere but hard enough to keep the slurry moving. Use the hose or your arm and stir the sand. You want the keep the heavier stuff on the bottom and the lighter stuff out...unless that's what you want. Keep rinsing it until the water is clear enough to see the sand on the bottom.
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    I just throw it in the tank, then do a couple 100% water changes, clean.



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    Quote Originally Posted by zzyzx85 View Post
    got any buckets, preferably 5 gallon? Fill it up half way with sand, stick hose to the very bottom of the bucket, and fill it up. Keep the water flowing gentle enough so that it doesn't blast slurry everywhere but hard enough to keep the slurry moving. Use the hose or your arm and stir the sand. You want the keep the heavier stuff on the bottom and the lighter stuff out...unless that's what you want. Keep rinsing it until the water is clear enough to see the sand on the bottom.
    brilliant! thanks
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    Iv done the bucket method, with a big water change and vac the next day........
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    Got a wheelbarrow?

    Dump about half the bag in it. Rinse with garden hose, agitating well and dumping off the water as needed. Similar to the bucket method, but IMHO works WAY better and faster.

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    I agree with dump it in the tank and then do water changes, did it worked great.
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    If it is too cold to work outside I use paint strainers. They cost less than a dollar at hardware store. Fill it with sand and dip it in 5 G buckets changing the water until clean. personally I prefer pool filter sand, it is easier to deal with.





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    I did mine recently with a 5 gallon bucket. i only filled about a 1/3 of the way, then i would fill water to the top, and mix thoroughly.

    At first, the water goes BROWN and foamy. thats the worst part. when you rinse enough the foam goes away but no matter how much you rinse PLAY SAND, it will ALWAYS have a brown tint to the water after it is freshly (within an hour) stirred up. thats because play sand is made from granules ranging from a "grain of sand" to a normal epoxy-gravel sized rock.

    Your best bet is the 5 gallon bucket, rinse your sand until theres no more foam, but the water doesnt GET ANY CLEARER. it will still be a little discolored but thats the smallest pieces of sand flating around.

    Turn off your filters when you put your sand in. I left all my fish in when i changed my graval. What i did was use a small drinking cup, fill it with sand and slowly lower it into the tank, minimalizing the "splash" and discoloration in the water. Then i would slowly pour it out of the cup in a layering motion on the tank bottom.

    I left my filters off for about 24 hours, then i did a 50% water change twice (thinking it would equal to around 70% water replace


    If you want to see the difference in texture from the same play sand bag, check my thread in the Photo Gallery, titled: Play sand, convicts, and catfish



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