I have never used substrate designed specifically for plants so I figured i would give it a try while setting up my new 36g. I bought a bag of Flora max, gave it a decent rinse and put it in the tank, then filled it. It's been about an hour with the filter running and its absolutely 1 huge dirt cloud. Is this expected? Did I not rinse enough? I am hoping it clears up overnight.
You prolly did not rinse it enough. It should not make the tank cloudy when you kick up some while vaccuming. I disturb mine and it kicks uo detritus (waste) , but thats normal since i dont vaccum. But if yours is somewhat new, it prolly needs more rinsing.