Sand substrate fogging up my tank

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Ti_CLaD
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Sand substrate fogging up my tank

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Hello, I've decided to put playsand in my 80gallon tank that is cycle at the moment ( fishless ).

I've cleaned the sand like you guys suggested. I've put 2-3 pounds of sand in a pale, filled it with tap water mixing it by hand to kick up the dust. Emptying it, refilling it, repeated until the water showed less dust in it. Then I left the water run in it for more or less an hour in the pale, after that I repeated the hand mixing with empty refill two three times. Water looked good. After doing the whole 40 pound bag I baked the sand at 200° for 20 minutes. Let it cool down.

About 3 hours ago, I turned off the pump and I've put the sand in the aquarium trying to settle it to the bottom as easy as I could to avoid fogging up the water but it still did...

Now 3 hours later, the pump is still off and the water is still all fogged up.

Is it normal that it take so much time to settle or did I not clean it enough???

Should I restart the pump or wait??? ( it's a top of glass type and I installed a prefilter on it because I'm scared to scrap the pump if sand passes thru it...

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Re: Sand substrate fogging up my tank

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I always just add filter floss to the filter to "polish" the water.
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Re: Sand substrate fogging up my tank

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Thank you, I'll look into it. Do you normally replace the foam in the filter by the floss or just add the floss on it???

I used to run the aquarium without the charcoal when I had the figure 8, right now it's in there because it's cycling but maybe later I could replace the charcoal by the filter floss???
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Re: Sand substrate fogging up my tank

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I run floss in every single one of my filters--even canisters. You may have to change it often, as it clears up the sand dust & clogs.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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