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    Started the set up of my 55 gallon today. I used 60 lbs of black sand bought from a chain pet store, have the water in and the HOB filter going. Its been running for about three hours now and there is a lot of trapped air in the sand. I've been stirring it periodically to release the air and its helping but the now the air bubbles are getting trapped in balls with some of the sand, making little floating sand bubbles that are hard to break apart.

    How will will this last? Will the trapped air/gasses eventually go away on its own?

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    Did you wash it well before adding it to the tank. ?

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    I have had bubbles for days on things new to my tank including the substrate. They will go away in time.

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    No, I didn't wash it at all. I put some in a glass with water and saw that it wasn't dirty at all so I didn't worry about it. The water is barely cloudy, it was a very clean sand.
    The bubbles are slowly going away on the surface but still pop up like crazy when I stir. It needs to cycle so there is time for everything to settle before the fish move in.

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    You can get trapped air when you don't wash the sand first

    Complete a gravel vac and you should be fine
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    You can get trapped air when you don't wash the sand first

    Complete a gravel vac and you should be fine
    Or, just leave it alone.

    The trapped air bubbles will evntually work their way out....no harm in letting them settle/dissipate with the substrate.
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    I'll make sure and wash the sand next time, thanks. I'm going to just leave it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    Or, just leave it alone.

    The trapped air bubbles will evntually work their way out....no harm in letting them settle/dissipate with the substrate.
    Yeah... why would this bother anyone?!

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    Because there was a lot of floating sand bits that I was worried about getting in the HOB fliter but I rigged up a prefilter for the time being.

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    I use hydrosponge replacement filters on my hob and canister filter intakes to keep sand from getting sucked in. Sand will very quickly destroy impellers.

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