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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-23-2014, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Flourite in 10 gallon planted tank

I just put Flourite in a 10 gallon tank last night, didn't wash it, as I thought that washing it would remove all the nutrients from the substrate. Now I see that others have completely washed theirs. Is it ok to wash it, and will it remove all the nutrients like I thought? The way it is now, it's like I dumped 5 pots of coffee into the tank. There's a lot of fluorite dust in the tank and you can't see anything. I bought a new HOB filter to see if it would help remove some of it but it doesn't seem to help all that much. Should I just take it out and put it through a strainer till the water is clear? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-24-2014, 12:00 AM
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I washed my bags of it in a 5 gallon bucket. It wasn't really that bad to wash. Filled the buckets up, swished the substrate around. Poured water out.. Repeat. Once I could see through the water I added it to my tank. Put a cup in the tank, put the hose in the cup. Didn't cloud at all. If you can pull it out and wash it I would. Otherwise go invest in some filter floss and change it often.
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Just going through the same thing as you, although I put my in about two weeks ago, I did rinse mine a little bit, but yeah it was cloudy and residual dust all over. From what I've read you don't want to rinse it to much. Mine finally settled, I used felt as a filter media on my HOB filter and it worked really well taking out that fine dust.

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Go here this lady has nailed it how to prep fluorite

http://vickisaquaticplace.com/fluorite.html

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Don't clog up a new filter cartridge if u have one in there. Maybe try some cotton balls or something. not sure if cotton balls fibers will get loose but might clear it up if u have some.

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Felt i'm telling ya worked like a champ if you have a nearby craft store or I ordered mine on dr. foster and smith.

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-24-2014, 06:33 AM Thread Starter
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I totally removed everything from the tank and washed it all. Including the two HOB filters, plants and fish. I put everything back in and the tank is clear. Hopefully I didn't rinse it too much, but it looks much better than before. I'll post some pics soon. Thanks for the replies.
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I just put Flourite in a 10 gallon tank last night, didn't wash it, as I thought that washing it would remove all the nutrients from the substrate. Now I see that others have completely washed theirs. Is it ok to wash it, and will it remove all the nutrients like I thought? The way it is now, it's like I dumped 5 pots of coffee into the tank. There's a lot of fluorite dust in the tank and you can't see anything. I bought a new HOB filter to see if it would help remove some of it but it doesn't seem to help all that much. Should I just take it out and put it through a strainer till the water is clear? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Fluorite is inert it holds no nutrients at all however it has a high cation exchange capacity. Meaning the ferts you add to the water column will be drawn into the fluorite substrate as a source for plant roots to draw nutrients.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-25-2014, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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I had no idea that fluorite was inert. There must be a lot of misinformation on the internet about it. Everything I read had me believing that it was high in nutrients, especially iron. Thanks for the tip!
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