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Old 05-13-2012, 07:24 AM   #1 
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First Time Sand (A Fail?)

Hey gang,

So upon getting sand for my 5.5 gal, I read that it needed to be washed. Great! I washed it several times until water ran clear and it didn't have that nasty "just out of the bag" smell. I have the Petco black sand, basic stuff.

After adding it to the tank and gradually adding water, what ho? Tiny bubbles! Everywhere....Covering the surface, hiding beneath the surface, etc. Not only that, but there are bits of sand floating on the surface.

Have I missed a step somewhere, or is there a solution to rid the sand of the tiny army of bubbles?
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:41 AM   #2 
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I don't think so, I get bubbles when I clean my smaller tanks. give it a bit they will probably go away. Sounds like you haven't had sand in there long enough to cause a gas issue. Also, Sand is dusty, You'll have floating goop.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:43 AM   #3 
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The bubbles are due to you putting them in. They should go away soon. The sand should settle soon, to. If it doesnt, just do a water change.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:50 AM   #4 
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When you first put it in there are oxygen spaces under the substrate. Sift through it with your hands so it can settle properly..
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:58 AM   #5 
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I agree with everything above. I have black petco sand in my ten gallon and it did the same thing when I first put it in. I went through and popped some of the larger bubbles and the sand sunk back to the bottom. You will have some dust floating for a while but it will settle and look great. That's just the nature of the beast.
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