Questions About Cleaning Gravel

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Z123Killer, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. Z123Killer Well Known Member Member

    When cleaning gravel, do I just put it in a bucket and then add water, agitate the gravel, empty the water and do it all again?

    Also, the water is a little cloudy when I was cleaning my gravel with the method above, should I keep cleaning? Or is it just minerals in the water supply?

  2. Chaory Valued Member Member

    Do you mean new gravel or gravel that has been in your tank? If it's been in your tank, just use a gravel vac. If new gravel, then use a bucket, dump some gravel in, then add water, and rinse with your hand, then repeat.
  3. Dave125g Fishlore Legend Member

    I clean sand that way. Gravel I just put a handful at a time in a vegetable strainer and give it a good rinse in the sink.
  4. Z123Killer Well Known Member Member

    No, it is new gravel. Also one more question, when I first add the water to the gravel, there is foaming for like 2 seconds, then it goes away, is that normal?
  5. KarenSoCal Well Known Member Member

    I put several pounds into a bucket, then put a hose in it on full blast. The gravel swirls around and washes itself! [ ]
  6. Chaory Valued Member Member

    Yes, it is normal. Just rinse it and dump the water, then repeat until you are satisfied.