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AquaSoil dust clearer?

wat do you use to clear the AS dust fro water?
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i meant to say from, lol
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do you just wait or what?
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Not sure. I have a 29 with pool sand capped with 2.5" of AS and it is always cloudy. I have an Eheim 2213 and AC20. Everything is growing great but I just can seem to get the "fog" out of the water.

I am about to change to SMS charcoal which I have two bags of.

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i mean all these people have these nice ADA setups with AS, but they are always clear, I want to know their secret.
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Time, good filtration, and a good carpet from what I've read?





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Add some or change the filter floss out of your filter. Overtime the dust will clear. Just hang in there!
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I use Seachem Purigan filter in my HOB 150 filter, 15 gallon high ADA AS II tank. No cloudiness or foginess to date and the tank has been up a few months. I think the Seachem Purigan helps to keep the tank water crystal clear. Plus I don't disturb the substrate when I siphon with weekly water changes.
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yea, this is before set up, from hardscaping too many times, the cluod doesnt seem to even show SIGNS of clearing after 1.5 days. I'll try and get some purigen, hopefully that will help. the plants are coming soon, but I dont think I can get purigen by then. uh oh.
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I dont think the Purigen will help with the particulate matter floating in the water column from the "dust".

Use floss. Cheaper.

Note: I am a serious advocate of Purigen. However, it is not a mechanical filter media, it is a chemical filter media, similar to the different resigns out there.

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I don't know if this helps or not, but I set up my 5.5g with aquasoil powder, and it kept a brown tint to it for a month, and it never cleared up. The soil wasn't especially dusty or breaking up or anything, it was just badly tinting the water.

I really wanted to use AS, so I gave it the benefit of the doubt that I just had a bad batch. So after about a month of wait and see hoping it would clear, I took everything out and put in a new bag of AS powder (type II, not sure what type the first bag was actually, but I believe it was type II). The water has been clear with the new bag since day one, so I'm convinced I really did just have a bad bag of soil.

So... maybe your soil is leaching tannins and the tank isn't actually dusty. Maybe put a little of the soil in a cup without any circulation in a closet, and see if the water stays clear.
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well, I dont have that tme, uh oh, I have plants comin on monday and tuesday, maybe I'll just drain the tank, plant it, and fill it back up and hope for the best. lol
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Water changing will help clear it up obviously cause you are removing/diluting the stuff. It will take time to get that crystal clear look though.
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hopefully the canister on Wed or thurs will help, I have decided to do 1 more water change 2morrow and on the da of planting.
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yes the cansiter will help since they are pressurized and ALL the water passes through ALL the media maximizing the filtration efficiency. what will also help is that you can set the flow to not hit the AS head on, the lack of an overflow pour water right onto your AS could be very helpful.

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