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Flourite problem

no matter how i tried to clean this substance, it wont clear up! what should i do? i washed it more than 30x times now...
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-17-2007, 01:07 PM
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I usually put it in a tank and run an oversized canister with a small micron filter on it. My LPS rents out these by the day, and Im good friends with the fish guy, so I get to use it free when I need it. Its WAY easier than cleaning it in a bucket, IMO.

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OK, I'm not sure how you are washing it, but here is what I have found:
If you get rough with it, it will create more dust.
When I washed my last 6 bags I used a 5 gallon paint strainer (thanks Rex, I wish I knew about this for the first 6) which is basically a giant nlylon mesh that can be found in most paint stores and your local Big home improvement place sometimes. Rinse it lightly to get the majority of the dust out (while keeping the fine particles). Put it in the tank, and then fill very, very, very slowly. Did I say very slowly? Putting a plate or a cup to prevent splashing will also help keep the fine particles down.

One new tid-bit that I've read, but haven't tried yet is to put down plastic wrap while filling. I'll have to give that a shot.

Also, if you have too much water flow it could be keeping the fine particles from settling.

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but is it always going to get cloudy if i move in around?
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IME It'll cloud up for a bit after some replanting, but will clear up again without any help. Let it sit.
The same thing will happen with regular substrate over time, as you build up some mulm in it.

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that clears my problem thanks.
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I have found that over time, when using Flourite, if you vacuumed the substrate deeply on a regular basis to the base of the tank, you will eventually eliminate a large percentage of the particles that cause that "dust up" effect. But again, it will always have this problem...just depends on the degree of clarity you want to achieve and how much of a headache you're willing to tolerate!


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Here's a link to the method that I'm gonna use when I'm finally ready to add gravel to my tank:

http://www.vickisaquaticplace.com/fluorite.html

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That method works well in the summer. Not so well when it's cold and wet out. The method I use works great.

See my Guide for details.
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