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fast way to dry sand?

ok most of my tanks have sand and i cant really just dump it cause i will need it when i set the tanks back up. what would be the easiest and fastest way to dry the sand so i can bag it up to move it. i was thinking on a baking sheet in the oven on like 200 for a little bit. i cant really put it outside cause the dog would break the tank or if i put on a baking sheet it would blow all away since its really windy here in ky.
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Cooking it in the oven works quite well. It can take a while depending on how much you want to dry. It'll dry faster if you stir it up occasionally.
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cool thanks lol. now to do it when hubby is at work lol
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How much sand are we talking about?
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several tanks but will only be doing one at a time as i take them down. and im sure some are thinking "why not just buy more when moved". problem with that is i dont work so only money i have for my fish and shrimp is what i sell of them to put back into my hobby. i dont like asking my husband for money for my hobby.
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I have used a inexpensive plastic tablecloth with substrate spread out on it outside. You just have to put it in a sunny spot and stir it around once in awhile. It will dry fairly quickly on a hot, sunny day. Just check your weather forecast for any pop up showers.
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I put mine in a old pillow case and wrap a elastic band around the opening and leave it out in the sun , next day turn the pillow case over and repeat.

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oven will be way to go cause my whole yard is shaded. thanks for the ideas though
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I put mine in a old pillow case and wrap a elastic band around the opening and leave it out in the sun , next day turn the pillow case over and repeat.
I like that idea. That can be done at an apartment complex.
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When I moved to FL I did the oven method. 200 and leave the door ajar. Move it around occasionally. 20 tanks took a while.

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I would put it in an old tablecloth, roll it into a cheeseball and hang it front of a portable fan.

Doesn't baking it release noxious odors?
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