Sand in lateral fins ok?

frogabog

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I'm cleaning someone else's sand filter that I procured used. Said filter came with all kinds of troubling plastic containers of chemicals.

It was gross inside. Smelled badly of cloramine. Still does jist a bit but it's much better. I'm using bleach and water to clean it, but there's some sand particles in the lateral fins. I can take the lateral apart and pick it all out, of course. It's a little cumbersome doing it while inside the canister.

Question is, should I bother?