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Washing Flourite

I spent an hour last night washing this stuff, and the water was coming out brown. Should I bother washing it out still? Or just put it in the tank?
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I didn't wash my flourite gravel at all before putting it into the tank. If you fill it up very slowly the water will only cloud for ~1 day, without even a filter in the tank. You can check out pictures of it in my journal. I've heard if you wash it out, you lose a lot of the flourite itself.

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So you say just put it in the tank?
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I put it in right out of the bag, then I slowly and carefully filled the water up. Water was slightly cloudy. Planted the plants and arranged my scape, water became even more cloudy. Threw in a bubble curtain to get rid of surface scum from the cloudiness, water cleared up in 24 hours without any filter what-so-ever.

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I guess it depends on personal preference... I rinsed, rinsed, rinsed, and rinsed again my Flourite. Then I let it soak for about 4 days, and rinsed it again. If you don't rinse it, then let it all settle, EVERY time you go to move a plant or do anything, it will stir up a monumental amount of dust which bothers me. Even with all my rinsing there was still a day of waiting for the dust to settle, but I can move things around without stirring it up too much.
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Yea it stirs up a storm for me, but I rarely redecorate. When I go to plant new stems the dust kicks up but then clears right away. And mind you, zero rinsing.

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I rinsed until the water was clear.

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I put in to the amount of fluorite I wanted and then put in a small amount of water (about an inch above substrate level) and swished it around..then I took the python and sucked that water out. Did it once more and then i took a powerhead and fixed the python hose to it and put the other end in the aquarium, letting the water trickle into the aquarium. Not as cloudy as the first time I did it back when I was a noob. Cleared up over night! Another I've heard is newspaper over the substrate and then pouring water over it.. apparently newspaper floats with the water level but you get minimal disturbance.
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I never rinse Flourite, why rinse the fine particles down the drain only to be left with the larger particles and 90% of what you paid for, I would suggest just no rinsing at all. Then if you cover the substrate with news paper and place you fill hose in a plastic grocery bag, now turn on the water slowly and fill to the desired level and remove the bag and paper slowly and you should have very little sediment floating in the water.
Look here and you will see others do this as well, good luck.


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filled the tank but the bag full in the tank then cut the bag open and slowly pull the bag out, clears in a few hours
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I heard of somebody who would rinse it once, then spread it all out and let it dry. The littler clay particles would all stick to the larger particles then they'd fill slowly and have almost no dust. I didn't try this though and my tank clouded for three days lol


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filled the tank but the bag full in the tank then cut the bag open and slowly pull the bag out, clears in a few hours
Yea that's close to what I did.

Slit some really small holes in the flourite bag. Fill a bucket with water and drop the flourite in. Swish around a tiny bit, not enough to rip open the bag but enough for a rinse. Pour out the silty water. Repeat this a few times, with a hose running continually on the bag. A few little rocks of flourite might come out but they'll get caught in the bucket so no big deal.

For each bag of flourite, this should take about 2 minutes.

You'll see the water go from 90% dirty to 90% clear, and at that point it seems like it's a diminishing return as you aren't trying to clean the flourite, you just want to remove the tiny silty particles.

Then, while the bag it still wet put it very slowly in the tank. Then take a blade and make a slit along teh bottom of the bag (reach down there) and very, very, very slowly pull the bag up. If you are careful it wont' silt up too much.



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Did this for 8 bags of Flourite Dark for my 100g...

Dump substrate into 5g bucket. Rinse outside with garden hose and mix until water is clear. Only took about 2 hours for all the bags. Totally worth it though.
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i rinsed and rinsed and rinsed, but still had milky silty water. nothing a filter with extra floss stuffed into it cant handle within 24-48 hrs.
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