Tub-O-Flourite
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Substrate


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-06-2013, 12:07 AM   #1
Smeagol
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Smeagol's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ohio
Posts: 314
Default

Tub-O-Flourite


The time has come to rinse my Flourite. I've read horror stories about this part, so I'm kind of dreading it. I think I might try using a fine-mesh strainer or an old pillowcase. But my biggest problem is that I don't have a good place to do it...... If I rinse it in my bathtub will it clog my plumbing?
__________________
55g: Finnex Planted+ & MonsterRay, Pressurized CO2 w/ Atomic inline diffuser, Eheim 2217, Eco-Complete, EI ferts. Assorted Tetras, Otos, & Nerites. Glosso, Didiplis diandra, Hygrophila corymbosa, Creeping Jenny, Ludwigia repens, Ludwigia glandulosa, Jungle Val, Amazon Sword, Red Melon Sword, Wisteria.

20g high: 2x24w T5ho, DIY CO2 & Excel, 2xAC50, Flourite, miscellaneous ferts.
Otos, Red Wag Platies, Harlequin Rasboras. Marsilea quadrifolia, Jungle Val, Cabomba, Tropica Sword, Water Sprite.
Smeagol is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-06-2013, 12:29 AM   #2
longgonedaddy
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (5/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
Posts: 355
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
The time has come to rinse my Flourite. I've read horror stories about this part, so I'm kind of dreading it. I think I might try using a fine-mesh strainer or an old pillowcase. But my biggest problem is that I don't have a good place to do it...... If I rinse it in my bathtub will it clog my plumbing?


If it's only dust, it shouldn't mess with your plumbing. Watch if any of the stones get loose though. Also, if you have a septic system, you may not want to rinse inside.
longgonedaddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2013, 02:38 AM   #3
Fuze
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (27/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: NYC
Posts: 300
Default

I rinsed 5 bags of the stuff in my tub. Very fine dust gets washed out only.

I just used a large bucket and rinsed 1/3 to 1/2 bag each time, mixing to kick up the dust and pouring it out until I could see my hand in the water. Then pour out the substrate into a large plastic container and repeat.

There was some dust that didn't get washed down. Just turn on the shower head and wash it down the drain. No problems here.
__________________
Fuze is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2013, 02:47 AM   #4
Knotyoureality
Wannabe Guru
 
Knotyoureality's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 1,047
Default

I've found a large flat pan works best to rinse stuff--sand or fluorite. A big cat-litter pan is typically what I grab. Unlike a bucket, it's easy to pour most of the water out without risking dumping the substrate out, the stuff is spread out thinner so it's less work to agitate *all* of it to get as much into the water column as possible each rinse, and it's easier to see how well rinsed it is as the light easily reached the bottom--unlike a bucket.

Lots of small batches, though it may seem tedious, worked better for me than trying to do fewer large batches, in large part because the entire mass could be agitated by hand to get a thorough rinse each time. And, frankly, less weight to slug around--save the bucket to dump finished batches into.
Knotyoureality is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2013, 02:47 AM   #5
Keyboard Aquatics
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (14/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Gardena, CA
Posts: 362
Default

I wouldn't, I can imagine cleaning up the tub afterward. Finding a spigot somewhere shouldn't be too hard.
__________________
RAOK Club
Keyboard Aquatics is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2013, 02:48 AM   #6
kevmo911
Planted Tank Guru
 
kevmo911's Avatar
 
PTrader: (32/100%)
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Greensboro, NC
Posts: 3,895
Default

For large amounts of it, a big rubbermaid can with a garden hose outside.

I've used a 5g bucket next to the kitchen sink. A short length of hose constantly siphoning water (and floating dust) out into the sink, the faucet on and off, depending on water depth, and stirring regularly.
I've also used a small-ish steel mesh colander in the sink with the faucet nozzle on "spray". It takes a while, but a couple beers and an IPod work wonders.
kevmo911 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2013, 08:23 PM   #7
dochollow
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: udall mo.
Posts: 10
Default

i dont rinse my flourite at all! i felt i was washing away what i paid for. just threw in the tank & carefully filled the tank. it was a little cloudy, but settles out after a couple of days. just my 2 cents. DOC.
dochollow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 01:06 AM   #8
Smeagol
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
Smeagol's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ohio
Posts: 314
Default

Well, that wasn't so bad after all.... I ended up doing it in the kitchen sink using a homemade strainer (made the strainer by using a thumb-tack to punch holes in the bottom of an aluminum-foil roasting pan!). As an extra precaution I covered the sink drain hole with the mesh from an old carbon filter. This worked great to catch all the Flourite that accidentally spilled while I swirled it around in the rinse pan. It took lots of small batches to finish both bags, but I put on some music and I was done in what seemed like no time. Playing with rocks and muddy water is a fun way to spend a Friday evening!

Next step.... filler 'er up!
__________________
55g: Finnex Planted+ & MonsterRay, Pressurized CO2 w/ Atomic inline diffuser, Eheim 2217, Eco-Complete, EI ferts. Assorted Tetras, Otos, & Nerites. Glosso, Didiplis diandra, Hygrophila corymbosa, Creeping Jenny, Ludwigia repens, Ludwigia glandulosa, Jungle Val, Amazon Sword, Red Melon Sword, Wisteria.

20g high: 2x24w T5ho, DIY CO2 & Excel, 2xAC50, Flourite, miscellaneous ferts.
Otos, Red Wag Platies, Harlequin Rasboras. Marsilea quadrifolia, Jungle Val, Cabomba, Tropica Sword, Water Sprite.
Smeagol is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 01:35 AM   #9
Knotyoureality
Wannabe Guru
 
Knotyoureality's Avatar
 
PTrader: (3/100%)
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 1,047
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
Well, that wasn't so bad after all.... I ended up doing it in the kitchen sink using a homemade strainer (made the strainer by using a thumb-tack to punch holes in the bottom of an aluminum-foil roasting pan!). As an extra precaution I covered the sink drain hole with the mesh from an old carbon filter. This worked great to catch all the Flourite that accidentally spilled while I swirled it around in the rinse pan. It took lots of small batches to finish both bags, but I put on some music and I was done in what seemed like no time. Playing with rocks and muddy water is a fun way to spend a Friday evening!

Next step.... filler 'er up!
Hurrah for ingenuity.
Knotyoureality is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 10:17 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012