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  1. Caroline J

    Question How To Get Rid Of “algae” On Top Of Sand?

    Ahh ok, thank you so much! I’ll definitely try that. I’m sure it takes a bit of skill, but hopefully I’ll get it soon. I appreciate the advice!
  2. Caroline J

    Question How To Get Rid Of “algae” On Top Of Sand?

    I am hovering over the sand with the siphon, not plunging it into the sand. I seem to lose quite a lot of sand when I do that, but if that’s the only way to vacuum up the algae, is there anyway I could maybe reduce the amount of sand I vacuum as much as possible?
  3. Caroline J

    Question How To Get Rid Of “algae” On Top Of Sand?

    Hello! So this is my first time using sand, and after having it for about a week now I’ve noticed that there’s these little green spots scattered on the top of the sand, and I’m assuming its algae. I thought it would be easier to clean than gravel, but it seems like it’s almost sticking to the...
  4. Caroline J

    Question How Long Before I Can Turn My Filter Back On After Adding Sand

    Thank you! It definitely could be worse. Ah ok I’ve heard about the floss quite a bit, i appreciate the help.
  5. Caroline J

    Question How Long Before I Can Turn My Filter Back On After Adding Sand

    Ah ok that’s true! Thank you so much, there are a lot of little particles floating around I can see. I appreciate the advice!
  6. Caroline J

    Question How Long Before I Can Turn My Filter Back On After Adding Sand

    Hello! So yesterday I finally added sand to my 20 gallon. It’s been in there almost a full 24 hours now. When should I be able to turn my filter back on? The water is growing quite stagnant at this point. I’ve heard a couple people say to wait until it has all completely settled and there is no...
  7. Caroline J

    Help How To Get Rid Of Cloudiness Faster From Sand

    Wow!! That’s incredible, thank you so much for the advice. And I did use to have gravel and I’d actually use it to water some of the plants growing outside, but I never thought to use it for the houseplants. I have sand now but I’ll definitely keep that in mind for the polyfil!
  8. Caroline J

    Help How To Get Rid Of Cloudiness Faster From Sand

    Thanks you so much! And yess that’s an amazing idea for the houseplants! I have a few so I’ll definitely try and put the used ones to use.
  9. Caroline J

    Help How To Get Rid Of Cloudiness Faster From Sand

    Oh whoops, but thank you so much! oh and thank you for telling me about how often to replace it, I’ll keep that in mind. I really appreciate your help!
  10. Caroline J

    Help How To Get Rid Of Cloudiness Faster From Sand

    Perfect, thank you so much! I’ll definitely try that, I’m sure I’ll find some. Like this kind of poly-fil?
  11. Caroline J

    Help How To Get Rid Of Cloudiness Faster From Sand

    So yesterday I finally put my sand in the tank, and while it looks decent, it still isn’t nearly as clear as I’d like it to be. I used the bio magnet clarifier that the bag came with, but it hasn’t seem to help tremendously. Any methods for clearing it faster, or should I just expect to wait a...
  12. Caroline J

    Question How Long Should I Wait Before Turning My Filter Back On After Adding Sand?

    Thank you! I’m not quite sure if it’s either, it’s from the brand CaribSea so I ordered sand specifically for aquariums.
  13. Caroline J

    Question How Long Should I Wait Before Turning My Filter Back On After Adding Sand?

    Ohh ok that’s a good goal to strive towards. I really appreciate the help, I’ll try and make sure all the grains sink down before putting it in the tank. Oh about how many more rinses would you estimate for this batch? The water runs pretty clear when I pour it out, but it does still look...
  14. Caroline J

    Question How Long Should I Wait Before Turning My Filter Back On After Adding Sand?

    Perfect, thank you! Would I have to unplug my filter every time I stirred the sand up as well?? Oh gosh I sure wish I had one
  15. Caroline J

    Question How Long Should I Wait Before Turning My Filter Back On After Adding Sand?

    Hello! So I’m almost down rinsing my sand, but I’ve heard it’s best to turn the filter off and wait for the sand to settle. I’ve heard an hour or more, but I wanted to make sure. Thanks in advance!
  16. Caroline J

    Question Can I Rinse My Sand In Segments Of Time?

    Ah that’s a good idea too! Thank you so much for the suggestion. I’ve started rinsing now but I’ll definitely keep working on my cycle and I’ll make sure to tend to the filter! I really appreciate the help. Oh really? I could definitely keep that in mind for my larger batch tomorrow. Would I...
  17. Caroline J

    Question Can I Rinse My Sand In Segments Of Time?

    Thank you so much for the help! Yes, since it’s dark outside I’ll probably going to use the sink for now, but hopefully I’ll have time tomorrow to go outside and use to hose. I appreciate your reply!
  18. Caroline J

    Help How To Take Care Of Sand

    Ooh that’s a good idea! Thank you so much, I’ll definitely keep that in mind. I appreciate it!
  19. Caroline J

    Question Can I Rinse My Sand In Segments Of Time?

    So I just got home to start rinsing my sand for my 20 gallon, but it’s already 9:40 and I’ll probably be heading to bed soon. Should I start rinsing right now and probably get a couple pounds cleaned or just put it off until the weekend? I was wondering if I could just wash it, put it in a...




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