Hey all, new to the planted world but have been doing reefs since 2005.
I did the ultimate newbie thing tonight and hoping it clears itself up. I have a 29 gallon standard tank that for the past few weeks been contemplating on setting up as a planted tank. Well I go out today and bought 2 15lbs bags of Seachem Flourite red clay substrate. Usually I use live sand on my reef tanks so I never rinse. This tank looks like pure NC muddy waters. I've got an AC70 and an AC30 running on full blast right now filled with the sponges and carbon. I've also changed out 15 gallons of water and it still looks like mud. Anyway to fix this without chemicals or taking the substrate back out and rinsing it for 3 hours straight? My light is only penetrating about 2 inches down into the water lol.
Flourite is pretty dirty. I would just dig your hands into the substrate and stir it into the water and then remove as much water as you can. Refill, and do it again. After a few cycles you should be OK.
While doing your stir and water change cycles you may want to leave your filter off if it is not already seeded with media from another freshwater tank. It will just get clogged up. If it is seeded from another tank, then you would want to keep it running (to keep the bacteria active) and just rinse sponges (in dechlorinated water) after you get done with your rinsing cycles.
I may come across as a know-it-all. In reality, I have no idea.
Last edited by Darkblade48; 04-23-2019 at 08:11 AM.
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