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Angry Will never use playsand again!!

I hate this stuff! Look at my tank!
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/me...nd-stinks.html
I'm going back to Aquarium safe sand!!
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You got to wash it out first. After that, put it in your tank, and let it sit, without any filters or powerheads going. It will settle down, and will be fine. I had this problem when I first put mine in, but after awhile (3 days) it settled to the bottom.
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To wash play sand for my tank (which I have now done twice, and most recently, from the same dirty bag I used the first time, 3 days ago with ZERO cloudiness), I have developed the following procedure:

Place empty 5 gallon bucket on floor

Fill a 2-gallon bucket no more than 25% full with sand.

Run sink into 2-gallon bucket while swishing sand (so that there is no solid bed, just a fluid of swirling sand) until bucket is 1/2 full total. Turn off sink and wait a count of 10-15 seconds.

Dump dirty water into 5-gallon bucket.

Repeat, throwing dirty 5-gallon bucket water out in the front yard (NOT down sink drain), until you have thrown out 3 x 5-gallon buckets of water.

Wash sand in same manner 10 more times (ok to put into sink drain at this point).

Done! Repeat until desired amount of sand is in tank. It takes 25-35 minutes per quarter-bucket of sand.

I did this a few days ago to add to my existing sand bed, I added 1.5" to 3" of sand into the 20 gallon tank over the course of a couple hours, and had crystal clear water. Filter was running the entire time.
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Yeah, I did the same thing as Doc7a, nut I just used a 10 gallon bucket, went out on our driveway, stuck a hose in it, and stirred it around with the hose, until the water looked clear. When you put it in your tank, no matter what, your water will cloud up again. You will think why did I listen to those idiots, but give it awhile, and it settled down. I waited 3 days to turn everything on again, just to be safe.

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I did all of the above. Used a hose to really stir things up. Even let it sit overnight for extra measure. I totally regret using it w/ fish in tank. I never had this issue w/ Estes Aquarium sand. Ya, I spent like $13 a bag, but it never clouded up and sunk right to the bottom.
This stuff is a dry tank only sand.
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Yea play sand looks great and is cheap you just have to rinse it really well. When I put mine in my tank it settled in less than a minute with no cloudiness

I've found the best way is to have TWO 5 gallon buckets going at the same time for rinsing.

Fill each with sand about halfway then the rest with water. While you'r churning the sand in one, be filling the other with the hose. IMMEDIATELY after u stop churning dump the water FAST so theres no time for sand to settle. If you don't dump it fast then the whole process ends up takin a lot longer. Then put the hose in this bucket and repeat the process on the other bucket that has just finished filling.

This is the fastest and most efficient way to do it and you can get a lot done pretty quick.
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Tank is starting to clear now. I can see my fish at least. Still have to wait to re-plant as I can't see the back yet. I do like the darker beach color. I wouldn't use again unless setting up new tank WITHOUT fish!
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I spent $4 for a 50lb bag. The key is just to wash it ALOT(I rinsed it at least 30 times). Keep in mind that it is a one-time wash, so it's really not that bad
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To rinse playsand I fill a 5 gallon bucket 2/3 of the way with water than pour the sand into the bucket fairly slowly so that it rains down onto the bottom. Then I immediately dump the water off of the sand, move the wet sand to another container, and repeat with fresh, dry sand. The wet sand at the bottom isn't quite clean yet (still could stand some hosing down and agitation) but this gets rid of the tiniest particles fairly effectively and the water is way less cloudy afterward.
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Well I will try rinsing w/ all the methods as I have 1/2 a bag left and a 10G coming. I just wish the sand I liked came in a darker color.
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Well here's the tank the next day.

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Glad it all worked out for you. I used play sand as well in my 75 and like every one said, it just takes a good rinsing and since I filled it with sand first and then let water fill it up over a saucer I had clear water from the outset.
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Well here's the tank the next day.
Are all the inhabitants still in good shape?
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The reason I won't use playsand is this:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...ml#post1113491


This is what anaerobic playsand looks like.
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PFS is just so much easier to maintain long-term. You can also use a gravel wash on PFS not sure if you can do that with Playsand.
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