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How long does SMS remain dusty?

This is the second month of having this in my tank and I like it but if I move it just a little I get the cloud of dust. I can't seem to keep my water clear looking anymore.
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Did you wash it well? Mine gets a bit dusty when I move alot around. Use your waterchange hose to suck out the dusty water in the area youre working on. That or get a diatom filter if you want extremly clear water. Ive had a D1 for years.. and its awesome. Ive yet to use it on my SMS tanks though!

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Thanks. I've been doing more planting lately and water changes afterwards but probably messing around with it too much. Been changing the heck out of the filter floss that gets as black as the SMS.

I rinsed it a lot before adding to the tank.
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Thanks. I've been doing more planting lately and water changes afterwards but probably messing around with it too much. Been changing the heck out of the filter floss that gets as black as the SMS.

I rinsed it a lot before adding to the tank.

A thing to keep in mind is that a dirty filter floss works better than a totally clean one. As my chemistry professor pointed out in college, a slight restriction will cause the similar molecules to bond to together.

IME, I wait until the floss is really dirty and flow out of the filter is restricted before I change it.
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I recently swapped out substrate in my 10 gallon tank using charcoal SMS. I skipped all the rinsing and just poured it in. Out of curiosity I put 10 drops of the Crystal Clear cloudy water treatment in there and then ran the filter stuffed with floss. I was surprised to see that my water was clear after less than 30 minutes. I had to wait for a couple of days to get my 45 gallon to clear up and I even rinsed that SMS.


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I rinsed the hell out of mine and it still took close to a week I bet to totally clear up. I still get clouds tho when I disturb it, but now it clears up within a couple hrs.
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The floss helps grab it but it seems to me as the water keeps running thru that black floss that it just keeps pushing it back in the tank. I just keep rinsing the black out of it in dechlorinated water.

Getting a canister today so that will probably help.
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Give the crystal clear drops a try... it's fish safe (in my experience). It coagulates the very tiny particles which makes it easier for the filters to filter.


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I just put this stuff in my tank 4 days ago. I know some have said to rinse it but I only had a few fish in my 55. I just pulled everything out. Drained half the water, removed all the rock gravel and poured it in. Once I had enough in I got it sloped from about 4.5" in the rear to about 2 inches in the front.

The water was so cloudy at 1st that you couldnt see the scooper in the tank. After about 30 minutes it was only about half as bad. By the next morning, it was crystal clear. Honestly I dont think the aquarium has ever been this clear. Im only using a Rena XP3 in my 55.
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Try using a python or gravel cleaner to get as much dust as possible. It may take some time, but it is well worth it. I have had mine going for 7 months now and it still gets dusty when I move my plant around, but it clears up in a couple of hours.


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