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Yes, you should rinse the sand. I didn't one time, and what a mess. It took a couple of days for the filter to clear the water. What I do is put about 15-20 lbs of sand in a clean 5 gallon bucket. Turn the hose on full blast, and stick it into the sand. It will soon become suspended in the water, then you can swirl the hose around. You should see a lot of dirt floating up. When the bucket is full, tip it to pour the water out. Then repeat. Do it until the water is fairly clear. Even with rinsing it, you might get some cloudiness in the water when you fill the tank. I haven't rinsed the black sand yet, so I don't know how dirty it will be.