How To Clean Black Diamond Blasting Sand ?

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dakota

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For those of you that are using this product how did you clean it to get all the oil that is in the product? I am in the process of getting a 75 gallon tank in the near future and want to use the substrate in it. I will be getting at least 150 lbs of it so I will have some cleaning to do that's why I am asking if there is an easy way to clean it. feedback greatly appreciated

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Easy way?...Nope. lol. I do mine bucket by bucket. Takes forever. Fill, stir with my hands, pour off soiled water and repeat excessively. What a pain. The end result was well worth it. Don't skip this step for an easy way out. You will end up causing yourself more problems.
 

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Is the tank a new build or are you changing out the substrate on an existing tank. If it's a new tank you can dump the rinsed substrate in after each bucket is thoroughly rinsed. I prefer to rinse it all over a day or two and let some of the water drain off, why lift extra weight. Then use a dust pan to scoop it out of the cooler I stored it in.
 

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oh boy... that's a lot of sand. i don't think there is an easy way. i do the same thing: just get a bucket, put some sand in there, use a hose and rinse, drain, rinse, drain... until the water that drains out of the bucket is clear and no longer cloudy. it's a pain :/
 

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I used just over 100lbs in my 75 gallon. I half filled a 5 gallon bucket with gravel and a drop of Dawn dish soap and rinsed until the water was clear.
 
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Thanks for the excellent feed back greatly appreciated

Bill
 

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I just use a bucket and run water in it till its overflowing with mostly clear water .
 

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Me? I just let my filtration take care of it.
 

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Thunder_o_b said:
Me? I just let my filtration take care of it.
Did you put a specific media in your filter to clean the BDBS or just it run as normal? I have heard run foam or floss but I am not sure if I am supposed to fill the whole filter with just that...? (have an eheim 2217, new tank no fish yet)
 

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It’s easier to wash if you use something shallow like a litter pan to wash in. Prop one end up a bit and let the water run in and out while stirring.
 

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Thunder_o_b said:
Me? I just let my filtration take care of it.
CCinBama said:
Did you put a specific media in your filter to clean the BDBS or just it run as normal? I have heard run foam or floss but I am not sure if I am supposed to fill the whole filter with just that...? (have an eheim 2217, new tank no fish yet)
I haven't had any issues cleaning Black Diamond blasting sand. At first I used to rinse it bucket by bucket (shallow plastic container 14"x14"x6") but I noticed I wasn't getting much dust, just a little film of oil. So now I just dump it in the tank, then add water and let my canister filter (with surface skimmer) skim the oil and get any remaining suspended particles. Usually in less than 2 hours the water is crystal clear.
 

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CCinBama said:
Did you put a specific media in your filter to clean the BDBS or just it run as normal? I have heard run foam or floss but I am not sure if I am supposed to fill the whole filter with just that...? (have an eheim 2217, new tank no fish yet)
I guess I have been lucky. The sand I have gotten so far was rather clean. I just let the normal filtration handle it.
 
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