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Rinsing BDBS?

I have 200 pounds of BDBS to rinse, is this stuff particularly dusty or in need of intensive rinsing?

I have some 5 gallon buckets but if it needs to be rinsed and allowed to settle several times I'm thinking this won't be efficient at all. Maybe a big Rubbermaid container would be better?

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Some bags are dustier than others.

What I do is pour it in a 5 gal bucket, about 1/3 of the way full. Then fill it with water several inches above the sand, and stir the crap out of it. Then pour the water off, stopping just shy of the sand running out. Repeat. It usually takes 2-5 times depending on how dusty it is. You can tell when the stirred up water starts to become clear.

Tip; the less sand you do at one time the quicker it rinses, and its easier to stir. So resist the urge to do a whole lot at one time.

There's probably an easier way to do it but that works for me
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Someone else here on the forum recommended using a pillow case. Worked great for me.


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Some bags are dustier than others.

What I do is pour it in a 5 gal bucket, about 1/3 of the way full. Then fill it with water several inches above the sand, and stir the crap out of it. Then pour the water off, stopping just shy of the sand running out. Repeat. It usually takes 2-5 times depending on how dusty it is. You can tell when the stirred up water starts to become clear.

Tip; the less sand you do at one time the quicker it rinses, and its easier to stir. So resist the urge to do a whole lot at one time.

There's probably an easier way to do it but that works for me

This. I 'stir' it with the hose. Not that dusty usually to begin with and not hard to fill and dump the bucket a few times. Don't really need to let it settle. Rinse, dump, and repeat.

Rinsing it also wets it well and gets any fine floating material out so you don't get the film and stuff on top and little sand bubble-blobs when you fill it.
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Third the rinse and stir method. One thing to note is the sand is fine, so don't push a good garden hose nozzle under the sand. It can get in it and ruin it. Not that I have experienced that or as anything..... I just happene to have new nozzle niw!



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Thanks for the advice all, I started with the 5 gallon buckets for the first bag and that was really easy but out of curiosity I tried a big Rubbermaid container too (for a whole bag) and that went even faster.

This was way easier than washing some silica sands I've used in the past. I have had some really awful experiences so I wasn't sure what to expect with this. It was a breeze.

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Ive heard ppl have gotten oily residue with their BDBS so rinse with hot water. Never had the problem myself and I also have been lucky and gotten pretty clean bags so Ive just added it directly to my tanks.

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Use a few drops of soap if you want to, I did. Also dont stir with yur hands the sand is sharp!

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