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Old 01-15-2013, 01:14 AM   #1
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I have never used substrate designed specifically for plants so I figured i would give it a try while setting up my new 36g. I bought a bag of Flora max, gave it a decent rinse and put it in the tank, then filled it. It's been about an hour with the filter running and its absolutely 1 huge dirt cloud. Is this expected? Did I not rinse enough? I am hoping it clears up overnight.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:28 AM   #2
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it does, but it clouds back up pretty easily when you disturb it.



but I'm happy with the way it looks, we'll both see if it grows plants well as I'm waiting for our local auction to get plants for the tank I put it in.
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Old 01-15-2013, 02:01 AM   #3
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it does, but it clouds back up pretty easily when you disturb it.



but I'm happy with the way it looks, we'll both see if it grows plants well as I'm waiting for our local auction to get plants for the tank I put it in.
Hmm, I might try putting a layer of something more generic over top then if its gonna keep making the tank cloudy like this every time I vacuum it.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:51 PM   #4
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You prolly did not rinse it enough. It should not make the tank cloudy when you kick up some while vaccuming. I disturb mine and it kicks uo detritus (waste) , but thats normal since i dont vaccum. But if yours is somewhat new, it prolly needs more rinsing.
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:49 PM   #5
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I had to wash this stuff for an hour before I felt ok putting it into the tank. I ran water over it in a 5 gal bucket and swirled it around intermittently, emptying and refilling the bucket.

Thank goodness for basement sinks!
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Old 01-15-2013, 04:58 PM   #6
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I used it in my 5.5gl I did not rinse I laid a bag over it and poured the water over the bag.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:20 AM   #7
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Bunch o winers

Place a floss filter pouch over intake or add that extra HOB or canister(which everyone should have as a backup ICE). It should clear up in a day.
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it cleared up really nice in my case, but does kick up some dust when disturbed,,, the dust is really really heavy tho, and settles out in less than an hour or so...

So overall I'm happy, now to get planted and growing.....
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:31 AM   #9
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You can try capping the soil with a nice thin layer of sand
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