I Feel Like An Idiot...

  1. R

    Racing1113 Well Known Member Member

    So I rehomed my ADF's this weekend and was super excited to set up their tank as a shrimp tank, and changed the substrate from gravel to sand. I couldn't figure out why the sand seems like it won't settle and I kept seeing bubbles come out of the sand. I was so confused why it seemed so different than the sand in my 29 gallon. And then, at 4:09am, I realized that I hadn't rinsed the sand before I put it in the tank. How do I fix this? Are the bubbles coming out of the sand bad for the shrimp? I only have 4 cherry shrimp and a berried ghost shrimp in there, should I take them out and rinse the sand in a bucket and start all over? There's also sand floating at the top of the water and some stuck to the sponge filter. Should I get those out of the tank or try to get it to settle?
     




  2. leelew32

    leelew32 Initiate Member

    Do u know the make of sand used. Sand is generally Inert so you should be ok. I did exactly the same mistake when I changed to sand. It was a bit cloudy but nothing a few good water changes would fix
     




  3. kayla.s

    kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    Just give it a few hours to settle and run the filter. You can leave the shrimp in too.
     
  4. OP
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    Racing1113 Well Known Member Member

    It's the National Geographic sand from Petsmart. Lol good to know I'm not the only one to make this mistake! Surprisingly it's not cloudy although I kinda wish it had been when I was filling up the tank so maybe then I would have realized I had forgotten to rinse it lol
     
  5. kayla.s

    kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    I rinsed mine about three times before adding it to the tank and my water still went black, so yes many people have this issue :D let us know if it clears
     
  6. JesseMoreira06

    JesseMoreira06 Well Known Member Member

    regular sand is pretty hard to completely clean , unless your willing to spend several hours rining it.

    I rinse mine almost in tell it's clear and then add to my aquarium it still gets little cloudy but within 24 hours it has all cleared up.
     
  7. OP
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    Racing1113 Well Known Member Member

    So most of the sand has settled but there's still sand on the bottom that is literally in balls and still a lot of oxygen bubbles sitting on the surface of the sand. I've tried packing it down with a mason jar and stirring up the sand (which my shrimp hated ). Is this just something that will resolve itself in time? It's been in there like this for over 4 days now.
     
  8. leelew32

    leelew32 Initiate Member

    Could you show me a picture it would really help. I'd be inclined to turn off all filters flatten it all out then poke it with a chopstick to get as much air out as possible. Let it settle and restart filter.
     
  9. s

    smee82 Well Known Member Member

    I personally would try and fix it as much as i could.
     
  10. Fishpuns

    Fishpuns Member Member

    It will resolve itself in time. I have the Nat Geo sand, it's very course and lightweight, and does actually hold air and float/clump at first. Mine was settled in a few days, stirring it will help.
     
  11. Bettanewb

    Bettanewb Well Known Member Member

    Agreed with above I used the nat geo sand the first time I decided to start using sand. It will stay suspended for a while in litttle clumps at the surface for a while. I think it took about a week or so for all the clumps to finally settle.
     
  12. sfsamm

    sfsamm Well Known Member Member

    I've had sand do that before myself. Looks tacky for a while but the bubbles will come up eventually and once they stop the sand will settle out pretty quickly as well.