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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-20-2017, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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So I'm starting a planted 55 gal tank, using CaribSea Flora Max and Seachem Flourite for substrate, 1:1 ratio. Rinsed the stuff 3 times, put it in the tank. Used the plate to add water, but still, my tank looks like it's full of chocolate milk, see attached. The plate is still in there, believe it or not. Question is, will this HoB with Marineland bonded filter pads ever clear this up? Or is it water changes for weeks?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-20-2017, 11:48 PM
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I don't want to laugh, but that is pretty funny...

Water changes definitely. If you have a spare powerhead, you could rig up a temp water polisher?
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When I use Flourite, I rinse it in small batches and it still never really gets clean until it has been in the tank for awhile.

Water changes will help as will vacuuming to get rid of any dust that has settled.
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It will definitely clear up with time, but might take several days.

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I would take some polywool/filter floss and pack the space behind the cartridge with it if you have laying around. Then just pull it out each day and rinse in tap water to get the sediment out and put it back in until it clears.

Added: In the future this is what I did when filling my tank initially when using ADA aquasoil to prevent cloudiness, I found this somewhere on the net. Add your substrate to the tank then take a garbage bag and put it in the tank and fold it over the rim (I had to use poly used for vapor barrier because of the tank size but same principle) This way you fill the garbage bag with water and it won't disturb the substrate. Then take pair if scissors (or box cutter if careful) and poke a couple holes in the bottom of the bag and let the water dribble into the substrate. Very slowly start at a corner at the bottom of the tank and and cut the plastic up to the top. Then very slowly lift the bag out of the water. It worked amazing for me and my water was dam near perfectly clear.

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Thanks a lot for the replies with good advice everyone. Especially nifty sounding tip Dman911.
This is my first tank that is >10 gallons, so I don't have many of the right tools or equipment yet, like powerheads or canisters or anything, just some basics and a barrel of elbow grease.
Added in a spare sponge filter, it seems to be helping, along with rinsing out these bonded filter pads every half hour or so.
We're already at creek water looks people, so I feel like success is in the air.
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brief update with additional thanks. put in a canister, sunsun hw-304b. that powerhead tip seemed to really work well, put some super dense 100% polyester batting in it to polish off the really fine stuff that was making it back through the sponges in the canister. it looks kinda cloudy in the pic, but you could read a newspaper through it in person.

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For future reference, the easiest way to clean a new substrate is to put it in an old pillowcase and rinse it with a hose on full blast until it runs clear. Much easier than stirring it in a bucket.

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Just to throw it out there I have a Melnor Water Bubbler on the end of my output hose and turn it to low when filling (high when draining). If I need to slow it down even more I put a quart size ziplock over it with a few small slits cut in the bag.
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