How to clean sand ???

Curtis1

New member
Hello, I just bought a set-up and tore it down. The sand smelled like sewer. How's the best way to clean it ????
 

stingythingy45

New member
Well,lots of folks in the hobby replace the sand after a move.
But that can be quite expensive with a 180 gallon tank.
I would just keep rinsing it out and soaking it with ro water and then spread it out on a tarp and let it dry in the sun.
 

patsfan1130

Premium Member
Personally. I would not use it. start with new sand and use a cup "mature" sand from a reputable LFS or fellow reefer to seed it. This will take any guesswork out of potential problems down the road.

My 2 cents
 

reefscape15

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<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=14830858#post14830858 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by saltydude
Go barebottom

More like Blah-bottom:) Just kidding, but i really prefer the look or sand in a tank.
 

luther1200

Premium Member
I would say it depends on just how bad it is. If its got black clumps and stuff like that. I wouldn't use it if it were me.
 

saltydude

New member
I like sand as well, but I had to many problems with it. It is now being covered with star polyps so it is a shag carpet of sorts. Going retro:)
 

mille239

Premium Member
If it's really bad (black clumps, etc...) just soak it in some bleach water for a spell, then follow the rinse/bucket method, spread it out to dry, and you should be as good as new sand.
 

Curtis1

New member
Thanks everyone. There were no black clumps or anything that bad. The walkthru at Melevs, was pretty much what I was going to try to do. I have also been thinking of going BB, but like the look of the sand better, and just hated to throw it away.
 

tkeracer619

Premium Member
I run it through a plastic spaghetti strainer to pull out all the crushed coral, shells, bark, ect. Then put it into a container with some bleach water and let it soak for a day. Remove, rinse, and dry out. Sand is better then new.
 
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