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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 08-29-2008, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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Just bought 100lbs 3M Black T Grade CQ

Now how do I wash this stuff? Any advice or links?
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In a bucket with a hose out in the driveway is what I did.

I'd recommend putting the bucket up on a chair or stool so u don't kill your back (that's from personal experience LOL)





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Do NOT use detergent. There is no need and there is no way to make sure it is all out of the sand. You are asking for a disaster in your tank.
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agree with the no detergent i just use a 5 gallon bucket fill it 3/4 with substrate fill with water then stir with my hand refill with fresh water every 3 or 4 mins till the water isnt real murky from stirring

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Here is a video of how to do it from Cichlid Forum dot com.

http://www.cichlid-forum.com/videos/rinsing_sand.php

And here is another link, just not a video but the one I used to "learn" about how to do this. The multiple bucket approach works well;
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/cleaning_sand.php

It is the same for ColorQuartz (I have "S Grade" in two of my tanks, approximately 150 pounds of it). Like someone else said, get a stool or something because you will kill your back. I am not one for waiting like they say in the video, but if you can it will pay off.

Couple of things. First, don't dump the whole bag into the bucket and wash or it will go everywhere. The ColorQuartz will be suspended in the water when you mix it to get the dust off. The less there is in the bucket the easier it is to get totally clean. I do about a third of a 5 gallon bucket at a time. Second thing is that if clean a lot, like 150 pounds of it, you will probably rub your hands raw moving in and out of the ColorQuartz. I used a paint stirrer that can go on the end of a powerdrill to help "stir up" the ColorQuartz to mix it, but this is not a necessity.

It takes awhile to get it done, but more work up front will provide a cleaner tank later.


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I never did, three tanks running with it.

Honestly, I just poured it in, filled the tank slowly, and took the film off the water surface first one or two water changes, and it ran clear as a bell after that.
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I do not have much to recommend other than to wear gloves. I washed 50 lbs of it with one hand and afterward it felt raw and slightly painful. Nothing too bad but enough to be an annoyance.
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where can you buy that stuff at. I am going to have to buy some myself. the 3m color quartz sand black. tia

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ya probably already found it by now, but go to www.3M.com and find a local pool supply company that distributes it.





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nope.. none of the pool stores around here carry it believe it or not.. I am at a loss of where to get it.

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Here is a list of companies. http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3.../Products/Buy/

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Terrazzo & Marble Supply 773-471-0700
5700 S. Hamilton Avenue
Chicago IL 60636
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Closest one to you I think, see if they carry it. It isn't typically in pool stores, it is more tile distributors, wholesale places. While it is used in pools in a lot of places, it is used for custom fnish sets done by the tile guys in the pool finish.
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I agree with ingg, no washing needed. It's pretty clear from the get-go.


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I put it in a bucket, filled the bucket, swirled it around to see if there was a huge mess like Tahitian Moon Sand. Didn't see a thick sludge so I emptied the water and threw the ColorQuartz in the tank.
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Shoot, I musta just gotten a super-dusty batch; the CQ took 3x as much rinsing as the Flourite did!

And I got mine from a pool supply co. but YMMV





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