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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 12-02-2004, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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Holy crap, How long do I have to clean this stuff??

Ahhhhhh!!!! I just got 30lbs of flourite today and two hours and 1000 gallons later what do I have? Dirty flourite. I heard that this stuff was messy but I had no idea. It pretty clean and the water will stay clear as long as i dont stir it up. Is this how it's soposed to be? Do any of you have any good rinsing tecniques? Thanks

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I never have rinsed flourite, I just fill the tank carefully.

Why wash away the good stuff?


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Hey, I agree!! Instead of spending your time rinsingrinsingrinsingrinsingrinsingrinsingrinsingr insing the flourite, let your water trickle into the tank really slowly. The fine particles will disappear in between the larger ones.

Like T said... don't wash away ALL the good stuff...


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I wash my Flourite to get the dust off. But the method I use keeps all the fine particles. It seems that due to the extra shipping and handling the Flourite here on the left coast may be a lot dirtier than that on the east coast. I cover how I wash Flourite in my Guide.
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Great method to washing Flourite- wet all the contents and let it completly dry in the sun. Then add to tank and fill it, no dust!
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LOL!!!! I feel so stupid! Oh well, At least its relativly clean now. I just added it to my tank very carefully and it clouded up a bit but now it's starting to settle. I wish I asked this before I started rinsing. Rex Grig, I sinsed it in a simmilar way as you. I just got a regular strainer and ran water through it while putting a bucket underneath to catch all of the fine particles. Thanks for the advice you guys and if I get more flourite I'll be sure to use your methodes. THanks

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WOW!!! I just changed the water and refilled it V E R Y slowly and now I got perfectly clean water. YAY!!!! Thanks for the help!

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I have heard of people using the "wet and let dry" method of rinsing flourite. I even decided to try it.

I rinsed half a bag laid it out on a towel, and waited. And waited. And waited. And waited some more! Half a bag took forever, and I had eight bags to rinse. I put the stuff in plastic shoe boxes, ran some water into those boxes and agitated the Flourite. It took a while but I got it done!

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Haha, you guys have all got it wrong! When I set up my 75 gallon tank, I was far too impatient to rinse every single bag of Flourite I had, so I just did it the "easy" way. I don't think I completely grasped what would happen when I sprayed water in there.
Here's how my planting went:
1) Spray water into tank. Wait for a day for mud to turn to water.
2) Add one group of plants.
3) Wait for half a day for the mud to settle so I can see the plants I just put in.
4) Add another group of plants.
5) Wait another half day for the mud to settle. Wonder if I put the plants in the right spot, considering I had to plant them by touch.
6) Reapeat far too many times.

Feel free to use this as a guide to setting up a tank with pure flourite, heh.

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when i deal with this stufe i just pour the Flourite in the tank and fill the tank all the
way and i do a water change and about 30 gallon later its clean the tank is a 10 gallon btw it works for me but it might not for some of you
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i dont rinse mine at all...

but what about getting some 5 gal buckets? let water run through and over flow while rinsing the substrate..lol like panning for gold!


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i dont rinse mine at all...

but what about getting some 5 gal buckets? let water run through and over flow while rinsing the substrate..lol like panning for gold!
Thats like what I did! It did a pretty good job. Ok after about a week I still have slightly muddy looking water. It pretty good but I still want to get it cleaner. I think I'm gonna do a water change tonight. It better clear up cause it starting to annoy me. lol

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You should rinse the flourite for that very purpose if nothing at all..
I rinsed 6 bags when I did mine in a 5gal bucket, took about an hour...filled tank and it was done, you don't have to worry about muddy water for a week+
If you don't rinse it, I would suspect that if you do anything major in the tank like a complete rebuild, which I do on occasion, that tank will explode with mud again.

And, you will not lose valuable nutrients, or as some call it The good stuff only rinsing the crud out.

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5-gallon bucket and your garden hose. Tilt the bucket some and let the water flow full flow while stirring the fluorite with you hand . The overflow from the tilt will wash away the dust. Continue until it clears up. With the high flow of your garden hose it is not that big of a deal.
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Ok my water si still cloudy and muddy looking. This is starting to get really annoying. I have done a few water changes and they seem to clear up the water for a while but then within a few hours its back to the same. Any ideas? My plants are growing like crazy and I really don't want to try any of those rinsing methodes because that would involve dismantling the tank. Thanks

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