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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-01-2014, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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Aquasoil Cycling and Dust

Hey guys, first time setting up a planted tank. I started a few plants using the DSM and it'd been about 3-4 weeks and I just flooded it. I'm using ADA aquasoil as my substrate. I'm sure I was sloppy putting the water in but not reckless. Anyway, my tank is super cloudy now and a layer of dust has settled over my rocks and plants. I've been running the filter for about 6 hours now and it's improved but still very dusty. Is this normal? I'm going to do a water change tomorrow but I'm concerned I'll stir up more dust. Also, I'm not sure how to get the dust of my plants and rocks. Any help would be great. Thanks!
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Empty the tank as far as you can, then place a plastic sheet on top of the substrate, covering as much as you can.

Refill the tank with the hose outlet on top of the sheet. That way you won't create any dust.

Hope this helps.

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Another way is to empty the water into a plate or bowl. This will stop the flow and prevent from dust/sand getting everywhere.
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I haven't used ADA substrate, but I have set up a couple of tanks without bothering to wash the substrate, and managed to avoid any sort of cloudy water.

I typically do the setup - putting in substrate, planting plants, etc., and periodically mist it with a sprayer bottle full of water.
Once I'm done, I generally fill the tank by pouring the water onto a chunk of spare sponge or something.

I suspect that the misting is washing the fines down into the lower layers of the substrate, and out of the way of currents, etc.
But I don't think I can really validate/verify that. All I can really say is that this is what I've done on a couple tanks, and have had seemingly good results.

Although, my experiences are mostly with setting up new tanks, I imagine you could get similar results if you drained a current tank down below the substrate (stick in a chunk of pipe or something to avoid drawing up substrate)., misted it heavily, and slowly added water.
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