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    Okay so i know the basics of cleaning sand but right now I don't have my bucket (brother borrowed them when he moved over the weekend for his huge tanks) so right now idk what to do... could I use a large bowl to clean the sand? I keep hearing about using a pillowcase as a strainer... is there something else I could use? Right now I can't go outside its way to cold for that so I have to use the tub...
    2.5g Betta tank (Rayne)
    2.5g Apple Snail tank (Silver)
    1.5g Saltwater MTS vase (tough little dudes)
    40g red ear slider tank (Kappa)
    "Normal is just an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly." -- Morticia Adam

  • #2
    That is a brilliant idea about the pillow case. Why didn't I think about that before. Large bowl works but it will just take longer.

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    • #3
      What about a big stock pot or something? Pretty similar to a bucket in size. I'd be worried that the pillowcase would retain tiny particles that I'd want to rinse away.
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      • #4
        Re: cleaning black sand

        Since you only need a small amount for your saltwater I would just use a bowl. For the other 15 lbs I would definitely get a bucket!

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        • #5
          Alright I'll use a large bowl for the 2lbs for the salt and look at the stock pots we have... I think we have one that's exactly 5gallons
          2.5g Betta tank (Rayne)
          2.5g Apple Snail tank (Silver)
          1.5g Saltwater MTS vase (tough little dudes)
          40g red ear slider tank (Kappa)
          "Normal is just an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly." -- Morticia Adam

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          • #6
            I agree, gotta suffer once with the old methods
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            • #7
              Oh thought I would randomly add, a week later.... that stock pot was 10 gallons... I used it to remove water from a 10g tank...
              2.5g Betta tank (Rayne)
              2.5g Apple Snail tank (Silver)
              1.5g Saltwater MTS vase (tough little dudes)
              40g red ear slider tank (Kappa)
              "Normal is just an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly." -- Morticia Adam

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              • #8
                Where'd it come from!?!? I want one that big! Not for cooking of course
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                Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something. -Plato

                Say what you mean and do what you say. -Alot of people
                110G, 65G, 10, 300G Pond

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                • #9
                  We have had it for years... I can't say for sure where we got it... I think it was in a camping section or something? It one of those pans people use for deep frying turkeys... I am sure Googling may turn up some results?
                  2.5g Betta tank (Rayne)
                  2.5g Apple Snail tank (Silver)
                  1.5g Saltwater MTS vase (tough little dudes)
                  40g red ear slider tank (Kappa)
                  "Normal is just an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly." -- Morticia Adam

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                  • #10
                    I was just thinking a turkey fryer haha.

                    You can find really big stock pots out there, just depends on the cost, usually the plastic 5 gal buckets are cheaper.
                    -Jim-

                    Originally posted by Albert Einstein
                    If the facts dont fit the theory, change the facts
                    Originally posted by Theodore Geisel
                    Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind donít matter and those who matter donít mind.

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                    • #11
                      Yeah the buckets are a TON cheaper! Just get 2 and your golden
                      2.5g Betta tank (Rayne)
                      2.5g Apple Snail tank (Silver)
                      1.5g Saltwater MTS vase (tough little dudes)
                      40g red ear slider tank (Kappa)
                      "Normal is just an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly." -- Morticia Adam

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                      • #12
                        I was going to use it to boil wood so I'll do some googling
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                        Try not to be a man of success but a man of value. -Albert Einstein

                        Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something. -Plato

                        Say what you mean and do what you say. -Alot of people
                        110G, 65G, 10, 300G Pond

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                        • #13
                          Oh yeah never thought of that use! Ours came with a propane hook up so it can be used outside :-) get one like that and you don't have to worry about breaking the stove
                          2.5g Betta tank (Rayne)
                          2.5g Apple Snail tank (Silver)
                          1.5g Saltwater MTS vase (tough little dudes)
                          40g red ear slider tank (Kappa)
                          "Normal is just an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly." -- Morticia Adam

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                          • #14
                            Or getting yelled at by my wife! Good idea
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                            Try not to be a man of success but a man of value. -Albert Einstein

                            Wise men speak because they have something to say, fools because they have to say something. -Plato

                            Say what you mean and do what you say. -Alot of people
                            110G, 65G, 10, 300G Pond

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                            • #15
                              lol there ya go!

                              and here ya go, just a shade under 10gal pot

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                              -Jim-

                              Originally posted by Albert Einstein
                              If the facts dont fit the theory, change the facts
                              Originally posted by Theodore Geisel
                              Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind donít matter and those who matter donít mind.

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