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    Barb Man
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    I have recently bought some sand and would like to know how to clean it for aquarium use.
    I have also collected some from a local beach and would like to know how to clean it for the switch from marine to freshwater.

    Thank you Barb man

    #347848

    coelacanth
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    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.

    #347850

    BigTom
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    Worth noting that marine sand may well contain a lot of calcerous material, so be prepared for it to push up hardness/pH.

    #347852

    Eyrie
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    And use luke warm water rather than cold!

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    Plaamoo
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    QUOTE (BigTom @ Apr 16 2012, 09:35 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Worth noting that marine sand may well contain a lot of calcerous material, so be prepared for it to push up hardness/pH.

    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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