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    I'm not sure if this should go here but I couldn't find another place for it so I hope this fits. I am hoping to get a tank going for Silver Dollar fish and I think it would really look good if I could use sand for them. I have been looking around at a lot of videos lately and noticed that you have to clean the sand. What is the community's view on putting the sand in a bottle and having it filter like this ? I'm asking because I live in a college dormitory and cleaning sand other ways will be very difficult. Any information would be very helpful!

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    Looks like a good way to get rid of some of the initial clouding.
    I did NOT realise one had to clean sand the first time I used some, so just threw a bag of builder's sand into my pond. 4 days of clouding later everything looked pristine, all wildlife unharmed. Obviously there may have been impurities in there and I could have just been lucky; but that was builder's sand. Aquarium grade sand does tend to be pretty pure. You'll get clouding, but you shouldn't get any chemical, etc ...
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    Keep in mind that a lot of the problems associated with sand have to do with the type of sand, not necessarily it being sand in general. Here is an article about the one I have used with great success: Sand as a Substrate
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    Not all sand needs rinsing...I din't rinse my pool filter sand at all, tank was cloudy for a day or two, but cleared right up...I didn't care, it was cycling anyway, so no fish wwere in it yet
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    +1 to slap. Most pool filter sand is precleaned to avoid making a mess in the pool. While cleaning always helps, it's not that important with pfs.

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