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    Dirty Tank

    Hey all,

    I just setup my 67g yesterday, but I did one really stupid thing. I had a bag of Shouthdown which has been sitting around for AT LEAST a year, and was wet to boot due to a hole in the bag. I decided to go 50/50 on Southdown, and silica sand only when I dumped in the SOuthdown, I quickly realized that I should've rinsed it!

    Following are some pics, the first showing the Cholcolate milk sand storm.
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    This is a closeup of the DSB...Notice the Dark layer of Sediment (yech!!)
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    Finally a Side Shot showing the brown color!
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    Now here's the question, is there a way other than trahing all the water (which is mixed with salt) rinsing the sand and redoing the whole thing?

    I tried vacuuming some of the sediment but that was a futile venture!
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    I had this problem several times before, i find the best way to deal with the problem is to add some sand from a mature tank, in my experience as the bateria grows it colonizes the tiniest floating particles and clumps them together, this along with a day or so of carbon and sponge filtration should do the trick, it does take time though! Good luck!
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    I would dig a hole in a corner and then let all the dust settle completely and siphon off the water into containers. try not to stir up any sand or dust so don't disturb the bed after the dust settles. Once you have salvaged the water remove the sand and rinse it clean. Then re-set it up.
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    Was it the same brown color Mark?
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    Thanks OSD, I'm not sure I follow the hole in the corner. I had thought of doing what you suggested, but what does wil the hole do?
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    It could take weeks for the sand to settle on its own, in my 50 gallon it took a week and there was no sign of improvement, after i added the mature sand it cleared up in 2 days
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    I reason I would dig out one corner is so you can get more of the water out when you do the siphon.
    Fish monger .. The issue here seems to be one of contamination in the sand more then just that there is dust.
    Rob

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