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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-18-2007, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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I bought a 5 gal pail of tier own brand substrate ad started to wash it. I cannot get the water to run clear after much washing. Has anyone else used this stuff? Am I washing away all the goodies?
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-18-2007, 07:06 PM
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what color is the water white or black? it should go away with some filtering

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Are you sure its supposed to be washed first??? There are a few plant substrates that aren't
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The water probably won't run clear at all. Set it up and run the filters, it should go away in a couple days.
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Use a colander, or a paint strainer ala Rex Grigg. But it over a bucket. This should wash out all the dust.

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Some say it's te same as Soil Master. It is black and a bit bigger than coarse sand. The water is really black when you first start to rinse it. I am going to call them tommorrow and see what they have to say. I will post their answer after I talk to them.
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Use the same method I use for Flourite. You can find it in the substrate section of my Guide. And if it's that dusty, and I have no doubt that it is, failure to wash it will almost always result in disaster.
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I talked to aquirumplants.com this AM and they say wash it thoroughly so that's what I am going to do. I have a 5gal pail so I am off to get a strainer from the paint store. Thanks Rex
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I have 66 pounds of it in my tank. It will never run clear no matter how much you wash it. just wash it under low pressure. High pressure seems to brake it apart. Then add water to tank on a plate nice and slow then after a couple of hours clear water.
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Washed mine today using the paint strainer. Never did run clear though. Put it about 3" deep in my 30 gal 36" X 12" and only had a small amount left. I don't think a pail will do a 55 gal as advertised unless it is less than 3" deep. Looks like good stuff though.
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Filled the tank today. Added the water slowly in a dish and got a gray scum all over the surface. Got the XP2 running with the foam media that comes with it. Looks like it may clear up and I hope so cause I have a lot of plants comming Thur.
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Plants went in yesterday and are looking good. Had to siphon gray scum from water surface. So far looks like no effect on Ph 7.1 or KH 8 and GH 11. Will post pictures in a couple of days. No CO2 yet but soon. Have a Regulator ordered from Rex Grigg.
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Just found out I can't post attachments so no pics.
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