How Long Should I Wait For Sand To Settle?

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HI everyone,

So, I changed my sand already lol...I couldn't see my axolotl on the blue play sand that well, so I switched to white. I can't remember how long it took the blue to settle because it was at the start of my cycle and I didn't really pay attention, since he wasn't in the tank anyhow. My questions.

1. Do I have to wait for this to settle 100% before putting him back in?

2. If I put my sponge filter in now will it clog up with sand, or should I wait untill it''s 100% clear?

Thanks in advance for the advice
 

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Yes, I washed it, but I didn't put a plate or bowl in the tank bottom before adding the water.
 

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I've never used play sand so I'm not sure. Multi purpose sand takes less than an hour to settle and if not washed the fine silica particulates take about 4 hours to settle. If you have seachem clarity it will remove it almost immediately and after an hour just swish your sponge.
 
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After 24 hours if its not cleared it likely wont clear anymore by itself
Ok thanks, it's been about 24 hours so I'm going to add a giant sponge filter that I don't care about and see if that will help, if not I will do more water changes. I thought I washed it enough, but it's really hard to tell with Plat sand.
 
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