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Old 10-16-2011, 05:47 PM   #1 
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Sand

So I bought black sand for my new forty gallon.

Right now I have it in a bucket filled with water. What do i do next?
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:11 PM   #2 
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When I bought sand for my old aquarium I just rinsed it over and over. Using 2 small buckets and little by little just sifting through it over and over.. That was years ago and ppl mmight have a better idea. Since you know not to use soaps on it I just would wash it.
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:11 PM   #3 
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I think it's pretty much the same routine. Fill the bucket with water and swish the sand around. Drain the water and repeat several times until the water is no longer colored by the sand. Helps to do it in the bath tub if you can.
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:29 AM   #4 
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Be preapred to rinse for a loooong time. I did sand for a 10g and was out in the sun rinsing on the lawn for 2 hours. No kidding. But yeah, what everyone else said. :) Slosh, rinse, repeat.
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:46 AM   #5 
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Alright

How mcuh sand do i need for 40 gallons? I put in 20 Pounds and have naother 20 pound bag. Do i need to add the second bag or is one enough?
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:49 AM   #6 
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I think 20lb is enough for a 10g. You can always put what you have in, check the depth and see if you need to add more. If you aren't trying to grow live plants, then a depth of 2" is about right.
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:50 AM   #7 
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It's not a 10 gallon. it's a 40 gallon.
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:51 AM   #8 
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Yeah, I think a 20lb bag is good enough for a 10g, meaning you may need to add the other 20lb bag.
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:01 AM   #9 
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oh okay XD lawls I misunderstood. I'll add the other bag tommorow.
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:04 AM   #10 
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Rinse rinse rinse, and when you add it to the tank, add your water in with a hose slowly. Don't dump water in or use a saucer to add water. Hose, trust me. I had my fish in their tank in one night after adding playsand to my 29g. Slooowwwwwly.
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