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How to acid wash sand and rocks to make it inert?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:35 am Post subject: How to acid wash sand and rocks to make it inert? Reply with quote

 The  sand/rock  that  I  buy  from  aquarium  store  is  leaching  stuff  into  water  and  increases  the  TDS.  I  want  it  to  be  inert.  I  have  heard  that  acid  washing  this  solves  this  problem.  Have  any  of  you  tried  this.  Your  experience  and  tips?  Is  it  advisable  to  do  so?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:08 am Post subject: Re: How to acid wash sand and rocks to make it inert? Reply with quote

 Acid  wash  will  never  change  anything  to  inert.
 It  would  just  help  get  rid  of  calcium/mineral  deposits/shell  pieces  that  get  dissolved  in  the  Acid.  If  the  entire  Rock/Sand  is  not  inert  then  Acid  wash  wont  help.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:40 am Post subject: Re: How to acid wash sand and rocks to make it inert? Reply with quote

 Oh.  I  thought  all  the  organic  stuff  gets  leached  as  well.  In  the  sand  I  be  tested  tds  increased  from  323  to  363  in  4  days.  There's  gotta  be  a  way  out.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:43 am Post subject: Re: How to acid wash sand and rocks to make it inert? Reply with quote

 What  kind  of  sand  are  you  using?  Is  it  by  any  chance  marble/calcium  based?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:45 pm Post subject: Re: How to acid wash sand and rocks to make it inert? Reply with quote

 Thanks  for  the  response.  Now  that  you  have  used  the  word  marble  it  suddenly  strikes  me.  What  I  have  is  almost  sugar  like  and  it  could  most  probably  be  marble.  And  that's  causing  the  calcium  problem  I  guess?  And  btw  I  am  not  using  it,  I  am  only  testing  it.  This  is  because  the  last  time  I  used  washed  construction  sand,  and  the  tds  shot  to  400  from  a  mere  44  in  a  matter  of  minutes.  This  time  I  am  cautious.  
 
 I  think  I  should  stick  to  the  sand  made  from  black  igneous  rocks  instead  of  sedimentary  and  metamorphic  rocks,  correct?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:24 pm Post subject: Re: How to acid wash sand and rocks to make it inert? Reply with quote

 If  its  silica  sand,  then  it  should  be  good.
 Wash  some  grains  of  sand  thoroughly  and  add  a  few  drops  of  acid.  If  it  fizzes  then  avoid  using  it.
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