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Old 03-21-2011, 05:45 PM   #1 
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Exclamation !!!Help!!!

I just put sand from the beach in my aquarium. I rinsed it with very very very hot water for about a half an hour, and put it in yesterday. How do I stop the tank from clouding up?
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Old 03-21-2011, 05:46 PM   #2 
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Sand from the beach is EXTREMELY dirty. Even with a good rinse there might be small particles in it. Or the grains are much smaller than what you would buy and there floating or something like that. Pictures?
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:10 PM   #3 
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Ok, here you go. Should I take the sand out? or just give it another cleaning? :3
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:19 PM   #4 
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I had store-bought substrate, and it clouded up. The water should clear itself up within a few days. It took my tank a couple of days to have truly clear water.

I'm not the biggest fan of using sand from the beach, but if you cleaned it efficiently, I don't see a problem.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:22 PM   #5 
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Ehhh, I should take it out. :3 I don't know if I trust it.
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Old 03-21-2011, 06:26 PM   #6 
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You can buy sand from Petsmart for maybe 5 or 6 bucks. They have them in three different colors. It's your tank, your decision. Good luck!
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:10 PM   #7 
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I would take it out. Beach sand has SO much bacteria and other things. Not to mention chemicals from tar, sun screen, etc.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:07 AM   #8 
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Yeah, that's icky stuff right there. If you absoultley think you need to keep it, bake it (LOL) and stuff.

But yeah, go get some sand from the petshop or play sand :3
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:42 AM   #9 
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Take it out!
It's not only full of bacteria and bad stuff that doesn't even belong in the beach but it's got high concentrations of salt!
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:03 AM   #10 
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I no I didn't even think about the salt!
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