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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-05-2004, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Rinsing flourite.....?

I just picked up 15 lbs flourite... and I would like to get this stuff in as soon as possible. So that brings me to my question... How should I go about rinsing? And how long does this take? How long will the tank stay cloudy for? And am I able to have fish in there while it is still a little bit cloudy? Sorry so many questions. Please help me. Thanks.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-05-2004, 09:49 PM
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First, here's this. Urgent: Fish OK in cloudy water?

It should clear within a day, rinse as much as possible (to an extent :P), and the fish seem to be ok in it. Fingers crossed every time though I guess, heh.

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I read that.... but how do u rinse it? do u just put it in a strainer like the types of gravel? Or is there sumthing other than that that I would do?

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I don't think it's too important exactally how. Personally, I used the bucket method; put some in a bucket, fill the bucket with de-chlorinated water, stir until the water is filthy (not hard to do, LOL!!!), and drain off the water, then start again. The strainer idea may be better, I don't know. Anyone else with some thoughts?

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I will go try to start the rinsing after this post.... It sounds pretty easy to do. Thanks Cich. If anyone else wants to post feel free... others might be interested also.

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If you use the search function you will find that doznes of people have asked the same question already. There are many ways to do this.
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I don't like using strainers -- even with the smallest strainers I seem to lose a lot of the gravel/flourite etc. I just have this huge bucket that used to have a bunch of bird food in it, dump all of the gravel in it, and rinse, stir, pour out, repeat. It takes a good twenty minutes of doing this continuously (in my experience) before the water runs clear. Then, it still clouds the aquarium a bit.

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Thanks... Almost done with the process.... I did the bucket and strainer process... and then after I added it to the tank I have prolly turned my tank over 3-4 times myself by doing water changes. I can finally see the whole tank on the inside. But it is still cloudy. Thanks everyone.

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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-06-2004, 12:00 AM
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I would rinse the gravel a few times and then dump it in the tank and run a diatom filter. Short of that, I was never able to clear the tank up successfully. If you where in the area I'd let you borrow mine.
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where do u live fishbulb?

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A bucket, your hand, an open tap and about five minutes of your time. Use the strainer to keep your substrate out of your plumbing....or use a garden hose outside.

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I have found a paint filter works best. You lose the dust but keep the rest.
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I'm in San Diego. I tried rinsing the heck out of my flourite but the tank stayed cloudy for weeks. In fairness it may have been something in the tap water or a dozen other factors, but whatever it was, I could never clear it until in bought a diatom filter. I figure I will get a lot of use out of it in the future too.
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$$$100+, they are pretty awesome until i saw the price : \.
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