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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..
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    rinse it in small batches, that is about all i have lol

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    Yuppers!! What Scooterman says
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    I have been thinking about trying this with my sand
    http://www.mrsaltwatertank.com/mr-sa...lar-bear-club/

    Link for Strainer
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...Z65F4MR6ROCIAI

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    thanks for the links.... that has possibilities i think...
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    Sounds like a fun weekend.

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    it will need to be rinsed with RODI, with the cost of that and all your time and considering it never will be "clean: again, really not worth it

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    I've always used tap water to rinse sand.

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    rinsing sand with ro/di is way too hard core for me too....
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    you end up trapping all the phosphates, metals, chlorine and all the other chemicals that we use RODI water to take out into your sand and releasing it into the DT

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    my opinion is that contact time is not sufficient for that to happen to any measurable degree. to each their own though.
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    I have to agree with spieszak on this one.
    Not worth it.
    After all our tap water is not full of poison.

    I rinsed sand out with tapwater several dozen times over a 30 year period and have yet to find any reason not to.
    Especially when 360 lbs. of sand is involved.

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    Its not beyond the realm of possibilities that there will be some undesirables transferred to the sand. I have found things in bagged sand though that i wasn't even thrilled to be touching, let alone put in the tank. (dead bugs, twigs, something that looked like what I might imagine a hunk of mostly decayed coconut shell would look like..) Maybe i'm just the lucky one, I always ended up with the toy from the cereal box too.
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    You can always do the last rinse with ro/di after the initial rinsing, sorta meet in the middle lol.

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    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.
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