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  • SAND, lots of it

    360 pounds of sand to be exact.
    Anyone have any tips for rinsing it? Iím thinking there really arenít any short cuts here, but if there are and I didnít askÖ..
    This article was originally published in forum thread: SAND, lots of it started by spieszak View original post
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    1. spieszak's Avatar
      spieszak -
      actually what might be a better middle ground is to use my ro/di waste water. i think the tds on that is like 10. I will probably just rinse with tap thoigh, since that doesn't really concern me at all.
    1. Scooterman's Avatar
      Scooterman -
      Probably not a bad idea, not like you'll be doing it on a regular basis.
    1. kpiotrowski's Avatar
      kpiotrowski -
      I have always started my systems running fresh tap water to help clean the dead dry rock. you would think that if using tap water to wash sand was a problem then think of all that contact time ( like a month) the tap water had in my systems.
    1. spieszak's Avatar
      spieszak -
      Your theories on reef keeping Kevin, if nothing else, are interesting. That is not something I'd do.. and why I've been curing my dry rock for better than a month. Phosphate readings started at 1.74 (yes, that says ONE point seven four). Down to .09 now though.
    1. Herefishyfishy's Avatar
      Herefishyfishy -
      Tap water for washing anything, sand, rock, the like. There are very few impurities in US water system, quite regulated. Now adding I to your tank to replace evaporation day after day/ week after week is a different matter.
    1. kpiotrowski's Avatar
      kpiotrowski -
      Quote Originally Posted by spieszak View Post
      Your theories on reef keeping Kevin, if nothing else, are interesting. That is not something I'd do.. and why I've been curing my dry rock for better than a month. Phosphate readings started at 1.74 (yes, that says ONE point seven four). Down to .09 now though.
      this is why I do a "bath" in freshwater to clean the rock a while. many do complete water changes after cycling to get rid of nutrients and give their tank a good start . I figure Its cheaper to do it with freshwater rather than dumping all the salt mix. Its actually not original thinking. I learned it!
    1. spieszak's Avatar
      spieszak -
      ah. its been presented to me that until you mimic reef conditions, you aren't likely going to get the nasty out. That the salt enables chemical reactions that would not occur otherwise. regardless, we've all got our ways, and ways of dealing with the aftermath of our ways.
    1. 1guydude's Avatar
      1guydude -
      What? Lol
      Phosphates, nitrates, cyano is all present in all our tanks. Just hopefully not enough to be seen lol.

      A lot of detritus gets caught up in the sand. Why we rinse it... yes Rodi would absorb more junk but imo it's not cost efficent. If ur really worried about sand, go buy "new" sand lol.
      360#s of it lol.
      -d
    1. spieszak's Avatar
      spieszak -
      It is new sand D. I don't know where I'd find 360 pounds of used.

      Oh, and it seems like notifications don't work once things are 'promoted' to article or whatever.
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