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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-25-2013, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Yup, Fluorite not settling!

I'm fairly new to the whole planted aquarium idea, so I figured I'd try. I bought Black sand and also Fluorite, knowing that it helps with plant growth. Soooooo, I layered the bottom then placed the sand on top. But when I went to add the water slowly, taking the bucket and letting the water run down the glass softly, it began to turn muddy. My girlfriend being more patient than I convinced me to let it settle and everything will be fine...WRONG! I let settle for 4 days and nothing has changed... so I was wondering is there another way to fertilize plants instead of fluorite?
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Flourite is not a plant fertilizer, just a substrate for the plants to sit in and spread their roots. You should have rinsed the flourite first before putting it in your tank.

I think the only thing you can do now is a bunch of water changes until it is clear. Or take out all your substrate and do it right...depends on tank size really.


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Very much true. I did the water changes but decided to start from the beginning and redo it all.
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I'm fairly new to the whole planted aquarium idea, so I figured I'd try. I bought Black sand and also Fluorite, knowing that it helps with plant growth. Soooooo, I layered the bottom then placed the sand on top. But when I went to add the water slowly, taking the bucket and letting the water run down the glass softly, it began to turn muddy. My girlfriend being more patient than I convinced me to let it settle and everything will be fine...WRONG! I let settle for 4 days and nothing has changed... so I was wondering is there another way to fertilize plants instead of fluorite?
What kind of black sand you got?
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I bet you did get mud Flourite requires alot of washing but once that is done it's an excellent substrate.
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What kind of black sand you got?

I believe its CaribSea Super Naturals Black Sand
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lmao yeah I see that i wish i would have washed it thoroughly instead of being too hasty. I been sitting on this aquarium in my basement for 6 years and finally got time to do something. sooo now that im starting over im going to take my time.
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You still filled it too quickly. I've used flourite for years, more recently the sand. I've never rinsed it and never had issues with it clouding the water. I use a bucket and an airline tube to trickle the water into the tank. Works every time. I use the same method to fill the tanks using Black Diamond blasting grit. No mud...
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-26-2013, 01:52 AM
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I rinsed it, you'll never get it the water run crystal clear but it's clearish cloudy better than reddish water.

I set up my tank at work so I had no choice but to do small batches since I don't have access to the utility sink...
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