Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Hong Kong/Dallas, TX
I didn't rinse the Stratum in either of my tanks, just carefully add water into tank and you shouldn't get cloud issues. I think rinsing and washing the Stratum greatly weakens it, increasing the cloud issue as the soil balls break apart.
I love the Stratum, main reason being that it doesn't leech ammonia in the substrate. Because I was swapping from plain gravel to soil with livestock, I had to find a soil substrate that doesn't leech ammonia like ADA does. Stratum fit the bill, and my plants are doing great.