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Old 11-09-2003, 02:19 PM   #1
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As something of a learning experiment with new substrate, I've set up a 10 gallon with a substrate of Eco-Complete + Tahitian Moon Sand (about 60:40).

Even after extensive rinsing, the Moon Sand clouded the water. Should I be planning to leave the HOB filter off until it clears (there will be no fish for a while), or does the filter actually help the situation? Can the fine particulates hurt the filter?

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Let the filter run it helps to clear the water. Filters are designed to take on particles. If they were'nt, they'd put the impeller after the filter media.


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Thanks. I wasn't so sure about the presumably small, sharp, and hard particles from the sand. But it sounds like that's OK.

Aside: As you and Buck noted, Eco-Complete is a DREAM to plant in. I'm very happy with my choice ... thanks to you and others who helped me make that choice.

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