washing sand questions?

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    well i am in grahamstown and the water here is very bad i mean the watercomes out a rusty colour so i was wondering would it be better not to wash my sand then wash it in that i collected it off a sanddune on a very iscolated beach so what should i wash it and how with the rusty water or just pop it into my tank i can deal with it being cloudy for a few days btw
     
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    It should then definitely be washed!
    You can use tapwater, & your last wash you should preferably use RO water or you could use your WC water to rinse the sand.
     
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    Grr phone typing...
    You can alternatively use the water from your waterchanges.
     
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    The only SAFE alternative that I know of
    (although it may not be too cheap) would be to use RO.
     
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    i found another way we have two 3000l rain water jojo cans outside so i just washed it under those i left it in a cooler box with the tap running full speed for 15minutes with me turning it with my hands the whole time
     
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    either wash it at the beach you collect it from or find somebody with a swimming pool :tt2:
     
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    tssk tssk there may be clhorine!!:tt2:
     
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    and theres no chlorine in tapwater ? ;)
     
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    Test the PO4 coming from the rock and sand first. Issues will arise if you choose not to.
     
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    didnt take any rock got some base rock but i washed this stuff for 20min straight tumbling it with my hands with tap full open
     
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    damn checkmate but theres none in rainwater ;)
     
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    IMO it is best to dry the substrate and the bits of bigger pieces of sand:p . Once all the nasties have gone to the pond in the Abyzz , Give it a rinse in any water till it runs clear. Then you are good to go. iMO
     
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    Some reefers are going to advocate you use RO water because the high TDS in normal tap water will effect the sand. This might be true if the substrate is left to soak in the tap/high TDS water.

    Fortunately for us the substrate is not a instant thief that steels the TDS in the tap water. Just like all other chemical filtration methods it takes time. You sand is most definitely the least productive in this department so it will take in very little TDS at the pH of tap water. Hope this MYTH of having to wash and clean every thing in RO or salt water gives a new enquirer.
     
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    Thanks for the insights Keith.
    I just prefer to be safe, rather than sorry. Not having any support system for in case something goes wrong, tend to have that effect :)
     
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