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I just set up a 55 gallon tank with a very thin layer of sand (no fish yet). I set up a HOB and a canister filter, maybe about an hour after I filed the tank. The water is cloudy and there are tiny sand particles floating around everywhere. I'm wondering "what have I done?!" Is this going to dissipate? It doesn't seem like the particles are settling or being filtered out, just sort of swirling around. I'd appreciate any and all advice. Thank you!!!

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With my experience with sand, if not washed properly, the particles will take about a week to clear up. Check your filter regularly though incase the sand clogs it during this week. Just scoop any sand blockages out :)

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I have sand in my tank and actually just added it in another tank today and it clears in about 30mins and then I put my fish right in. I do turn off my filters though during this process to makes sure not a lot gets sucked up I also keep the filter heads above about 4-5inches away from the sand. if they are closer to the sand I then add filter floss around the intake to protect my filter. ;)

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I'm curious as to what kind of sand you used? Jess brings up a good point, did you wash the sand? If not, I would do another large water change. After water changes or disturbing the sand, leave your filter off for at least 20 minutes so that the sand can settle. I also keep my intakes high so they don't suck up everything.

Edit: Sniped :rofl

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Thank you so much. It did finally settle after I shut the filters off. When I turned them back on, sand blem out of them. I had to shut them off and rinse the filters out. I used Caribsea supernaturals sand. I forgot the name of the color, but it is beige. I used a 20 pound bag for the 55 gallon tank, and just put a thin layer. I rinsed it but I don't think I did a good job. I think the intakes are about 5 inches off the bottom. Is that enough? Can I post pictures here? I am planning on adding the ammonia tomorrow and getting the fishless cycle going.

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I think we have the same sand since I used the super naturals too moonlight is what it is called and I actually didn't rinse mine and everything was fine :)

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Did you use the package of clarifier that came with the sand? I used hardware store sand in my tank, and it just wouldn't settle, so I bought a small bottle of clarifier. It did the trick, and I've had no problems since.

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That brand does come with a clarifier but it doesn't do much imo. It should clear up within a few days! Mine was clear within 48 hours and I didn't rinse before hand.

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