Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Skagit County, Washington State
You know, just recently I bought three bags of extra dusty flourite from the LFS to supplement about 75 lbs I already had when I converted a 26bow to a new 65G. I did the old Rex Grigg modified clean flourite method. One bag at a time, I dumped in a 5 gallon bucket. I put a garden hose with a spray nozzle and blasted it into the bucket until it filled up but wasn't pouring out too much of the fines. Stirred the heck out of it with my hand after filling. Then I emptied each bucket's water through a stainless steel strainer onto the lawn. I did this three or four times for each bag in a 5 gallon bucket until the water in the 5 gallon bucket stayed pretty clear. Took about 5 to 8 minutes per bag. Finally, I put the new flourite on the bottom and my established flourite on top. Didn't clean the older substrate as I wanted the mulm and bacteria. Tank took maybe 45 minutes to clear when I planted and filled with some water. Its a great method to clean flourite which Rex came up with.
Three Tanks...Eheim 2128 & XP3-90G, Eheim 2128-65G, Eheim 2232-25G.... Tek 4x54 watt T5-90G, Aqualight 96watt PC 65G low tech, 65 watt Aqualight-25G.... Hydors-90G & 65G ... Flourite in 90, 65, & 25 Gallons, .... Auto Water Change/Auto dosing on 90 & 65 gallon..... AGA member......