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Old 04-23-2013, 10:40 PM   #1 
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Sand and cloudy water?

Okay so I'm starting my first planted tank (and first one with sand) and I THOUGHT I rinsed the sand pretty well, the water was running clear out of the bucket. Put the sand in, then filled up my 5 gallon tank. 5 hours later the water is still extremely cloudy.

Do I need to wait longer or should I take the water out and re-rinse the sand?

And what happens when I do a water change and have to disturb the sand by pouring water in? (no fish in tank yet)
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:49 PM   #2 
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Since its only a 5 gallon, I would drain the tank and continue to wash the sand. Did you stir it up in the bucket while you filled the bucket? Simply running the water won't get the sand as clean as it could be - disturbing it will.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:06 PM   #3 
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When you're adding water, pour it slowly over something to disperse the water and it won't disturb the sand. I use my hand on the water's surface, but a floating bit of plastic bag works too. If you didn't do something like this when initially filling it, this could also be the cause of your current cloudy issue, and doing a couple water changes until it's clear should fix it.
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Depending on how dirty the sand still is, it could cloud the water whenever it's disturbed, making it an on going issue. Eventually it will stop though - as you would have essentially washed it in the tank.
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Yeah I mushed all it around like crazy and tried to make the bucket water as cloudy as possible to get all the dirt out.. I can take most of the water out and do that again. and then practice pouring into my hand and trying not to disturb it. After I put the fish in I may take him out for the fist few water changes until i get the hang of it.

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Old 04-23-2013, 11:28 PM   #6 
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Yes, unless you can diffuse the incoming water, water changes won't clear up the water because it will disrupt the sand. Remember, practice doesn't make perfect....perfect practice makes perfect
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:32 PM   #7 
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True, in this case :D

thanks for your help!
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