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separating sand from dirt

I'm setting up a dirted tank with sand as my substrate.
I was wondering how to separate sand from dirt because i might be moving soon.
Is there a solution to my problem or is it just not possible?
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Are you talking about separating the sand from the dirt in the take when you set it up or separating them when you tear it down to move?

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I wouldn't try to separate it. Washing the sand/dirt mix will cause the heavier sand to settle at the bottom, but its not pretty and you won't have a high clean rate. When I moved with a similar setup I just drained most of the water and moved the tank with the substrate still in it. You'll go through a lot less hassle that way.


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I recently tore down a flourite/dirt tank, and have been gradually trying to recover/clean the flourite.

I've just been letting the mix dry out, and then whenever I do a waterchange or something (I'm trying to just use waste water for this...), I'll dump it in the bucket/box with the mix, stir things up a bit, and then try and drain off as much 'floaties' as possible.

I think my flourite is relatively clean now - I wouldn't hesitate to reuse it, but I wouldn't feel comfortable selling it to someone else.

And I was dealing with regular flourite black. I imagine sand would be quite a bit slower and more problematic, but if you are patient, I imagine the same winnowing process will work, it'll just take a bit more time/effort.

I think letting it dry twixt rinsings may be helpful, as a lot of the dirt components tend to float if they aren't waterlogged...
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