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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-17-2006, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Flourite. New To And Need Pointers

Hey...first time I've used Flourite...i rinsed it but I guess my question here is...if the water is still a bit cloudy...can you still put shrimps in there yet? Cause I just wanna put them in there and wait until the flourite particles settle down. Will it harm them or any other creatures?

Its really not as dark as before...since I let it stand completely still without no filtration for I believe 12 hours. 40 gallon tank...you can sorta see the plants and stuff in it without lighting...haven't put it in yet.

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This post took so long that the water cleared and now it don't matter no more lol. But still can someone please answer that question.
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You should be able to add the shrimp without any problem. You might not be able to see them, but you can add them!

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Thank you Mike...at last...
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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.

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I believe I came up with my own without much advise...first time use...tank water almost clear in a day. Not only that...I barely rinsed one bag and only slightly rinsed 2 other bags. What I did was not really rinse one bag...put it in first...than the other two I rinsed a bit...but was still pretty dirty so I threw it in anyways. I flatten it out and let the soil stand with 1 inch of water above the sub for a few minutes, while I waited I planted my plants and structured my tank...took the hoes in and put it against the substrate...and slowly turn it on so it wont shake the whole thing up. When finished I took everything back outside and gave the whole thing about a bit more than 12 hours before I turned on my basic aquaclear filter 200. It started cleaning the rest pretty fast. Now I'm sorta left with a cloudy look...but I'll figure it out somehow. So with this method....took me longer than yours but...I didn't rinse a lot of the nutrients away. I don't know about nutrients...some people say its not worth it or something. Shrug. First time with a planted tank.

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It's impossible to rinse away the nutrients in Flourite. Only way that can happen is if you manage to dissolve it.

My method using a paint strainer keeps a lot of the fine particles but gets rid of the dust.

Some bags of Flourite are not bad. While others seem to have about a pound of dust.
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