July 30, 2008
Bucket, hose, keep on swillin'. Don't try to do too much at once, you should be able to get all the sand in the bucket in motion at once. It also works if you put the bucket at an angle, leave it filling and slowly pour in the sand you are cleaning. All the unwanted stuff (which is usually lighter than the sand) will get carried away by the flow.
July 17, 2011
March 15, 2009
If you can get your hands on a TDS meter, test your tap water, put some beach sand(often contains shell bits as Tom pointed out) in a bucket of water for 24 hrs or so, test with the TDS meter again and compare. I do this with anything I collect before it goes in the tank. This will give you a general idea whether or not it's leaching. Also test Gh/Kh/Ph before & after if you can. Better to get this info before setting up & having problems.
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