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Old 02-25-2013, 12:07 AM   #1
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Yup, Fluorite not settling!


I'm fairly new to the whole planted aquarium idea, so I figured I'd try. I bought Black sand and also Fluorite, knowing that it helps with plant growth. Soooooo, I layered the bottom then placed the sand on top. But when I went to add the water slowly, taking the bucket and letting the water run down the glass softly, it began to turn muddy. My girlfriend being more patient than I convinced me to let it settle and everything will be fine...WRONG! I let settle for 4 days and nothing has changed... so I was wondering is there another way to fertilize plants instead of fluorite?
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:18 AM   #2
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Flourite is not a plant fertilizer, just a substrate for the plants to sit in and spread their roots. You should have rinsed the flourite first before putting it in your tank.

I think the only thing you can do now is a bunch of water changes until it is clear. Or take out all your substrate and do it right...depends on tank size really.


Good luck, there is tons of information on the forum for you.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:27 AM   #3
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Very much true. I did the water changes but decided to start from the beginning and redo it all.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:35 AM   #4
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I'm fairly new to the whole planted aquarium idea, so I figured I'd try. I bought Black sand and also Fluorite, knowing that it helps with plant growth. Soooooo, I layered the bottom then placed the sand on top. But when I went to add the water slowly, taking the bucket and letting the water run down the glass softly, it began to turn muddy. My girlfriend being more patient than I convinced me to let it settle and everything will be fine...WRONG! I let settle for 4 days and nothing has changed... so I was wondering is there another way to fertilize plants instead of fluorite?
What kind of black sand you got?
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:48 AM   #5
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I bet you did get mud Flourite requires alot of washing but once that is done it's an excellent substrate.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:59 AM   #6
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What kind of black sand you got?

I believe its CaribSea Super Naturals Black Sand
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:09 AM   #7
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lmao yeah I see that i wish i would have washed it thoroughly instead of being too hasty. I been sitting on this aquarium in my basement for 6 years and finally got time to do something. sooo now that im starting over im going to take my time.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:29 PM   #8
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You still filled it too quickly. I've used flourite for years, more recently the sand. I've never rinsed it and never had issues with it clouding the water. I use a bucket and an airline tube to trickle the water into the tank. Works every time. I use the same method to fill the tanks using Black Diamond blasting grit. No mud...
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:52 AM   #9
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I rinsed it, you'll never get it the water run crystal clear but it's clearish cloudy better than reddish water.

I set up my tank at work so I had no choice but to do small batches since I don't have access to the utility sink...
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