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Wow - sieved 7 bags of Fluorite last night

With a standard collander I began sieving seven bags of Fluorite last night, and what a huge job it was. Took a bit over an hour! A tonne of muddy water and about a 3/4 gallon of fines later I had it cleaned up.

While its a huge job and I'd second guessed whether it was worth doing I'm really happy I did. Having all the muck stirred up every time I moved something around would have been a royal pain.
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Man that was fast! It took me a few hours just to wash 5 bags..
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Wow, 7 bags is a lot. I always dread coming home with just 1 new bag of gravel that needs to be washed.
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Let it dry before sticking it in the tank if you haven't already- you won't regret it!





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I haven't washed a bag in a long, long time. I think the whole issue is overblown; and surmise the fines may even serve a purpose with their high surface area to volume ratio.

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What does letting it dry do for me?
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All I know for sure is that it works.

My theory is that since the substrate is clay based the fines get sticky and clump up?

Kurt- you're probably right about the fines being good for root growth, etc, but IME unwashed Fluorite is just too obnoxious when replanting; the stuff settles on leaves and kills them





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agreed, I didn't wash my flourite well when I first placed it in the tank 3 years ago(also had 2 bags of flourite 'red', making it even more cloudy) and still when uprooting plants I get a huge mess that spreads over the entire tank....

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What does letting it dry do for me?
If you let it get BONE DRY, then you water will remain crystal clear whenever you move plants around...no dusty cloud of debris in the water column for hours on end...THAT's what drying it out will do for you! Believe me, its worth taking the time to do...


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too late....
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If you haven't planted yet IMO it's still worth considering doing...

I left all 175 lbs of mine out on a big sheet in my driveway in the full sun... moved it around a few times to make sure it all got exposed to the air, and it worked really well? Dumped it in the tank that night, planted the next day, and I get NO cloudiness when I filled the tank, planted, or now when I replant either.





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planted last night

There's a very fine haze in the water after 12 hours, it'll be hard to tell till the tank cycles how much dust will stir up when I replant.

I wish I'd have had the time, if I'd have had the message one day earlier I'd have done it!
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