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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-27-2008, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Flourite problem?

I recently bought a bag of flourite for my 10 gallon planted tank, and forgot to wash it, so it turned my water completely brown, so i emptied it and washed it, I spent about 5 hours trying to clear up the brown in the water, I decided to just put the washed flourite ibn the tank and see how it goes, is this bad?
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The brown will eventually settle... in my 46 gallon with a canister filter it took 2 days... cleaning the filter a couple of times a day... I didn't make the mistake of not washing it again when I added more...

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I never wash substrate in any of my setups; reef or planted. I think there is an advantage to have range of particle sizes in the substrate. The biggest thing about getting clear water is how the water goes in (gently), not the substrate. If you still have murky water, I'd do some medium size water changes, but make sure the new water is introduced gently as not to stir it up again. If it is a new tank, sometimes it takes a few days for the filter to grow a biofilm which is more effective in stopping the fine particles.

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I just did the fluorite thing too. Yes its filthy! After the first bag i used a modified Rex Grigg method (net in a bucket). You keep all the small particles but get rid of all the dust.
I know its bad! Out of the bag my gravel was black and once dunked in water it went to its regular colour.
Just keep rinsing all that crud off the substrate until it runs clear or near to clear.
It took about a day in a half with filter floss running to get my tank crystal clear.
No worries it will eventually settle.

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You wont do that again, now will you!
I'm in the middle of adding flourite to my 46gal and it is taking about an hour or so to clean one bag. I know that it will all be worth it.

Like others have said, it will settle down.
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that happened to me once. there are 2 things to do:

1. either turn everything off, no flow means it will settle faster, it is the fastest way, but every time you go to plant something the water will cloud up

2. get a bunch of strong filters. it will take a while but the bulk of the clay will be out of the tank for good.

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You can siphon it off stirring as you go, get all the water you can off of it. then put a plastic trash bag over it or a plate and slowly add the water back, shouldn't be as cloudy and will clear faster.
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You wont do that again, now will you!
I'm in the middle of adding flourite to my 46gal and it is taking about an hour or so to clean one bag. I know that it will all be worth it.

Like others have said, it will settle down.
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When Flourite was first introduced I don't know if they pre-rinsed it because my bucket was frothy chili soup colored that never fully got clean. I even left the hose in the bucket for an hour letting the substrate tumble while I watered my trees and front lawn. Long story short, I used a diatom filter to polish the gritty, cloudy, turbid water. Surprisingly, it only took an hour or two before the water was crystal clear again.
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Diatom filter for sure.

I have had flourite in my 72 gallon for a long time. It used to let out a pyroclastic cloud every time I touched it. Now it isn't quite as bad. But I always used a diatom filter to clarify the water after the pyroclastic clouds turned it brown and it cleared it very fast. I would get one if I was you becuase you are going to be dealing with the cloudyness for a long time!


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There's a product called "accu clear" by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals that works really well for this sort of situation, provided that you do not have fish in there. It's inexpensive and even sold at places like Walmart. The flocculants in the product will clump the particles together to allow it to be more quickly and easily filtered out.
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Just a quick note:
Be gentle washing this stuff. If you get too aggressive, you will MAKE more dust.

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don't know if this is ok but when i set up my 30 gallon i put flourite on the bottom and a layer of eco-compliet on top of it to keep the dust down. (also LFS only had so much substrate for planted tanks)

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Clean substrate, bottom paragraphs: http://www.rexgrigg.com/substrate.htm
I did it similiar to what Rex said, but I put about 2cups in a strainer at a time and ran it under water. It took a long time rinsing, but it settled down in less then an hour in my tank.
Besides, I can't do everything the Rex way!
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Flourite red

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