Currently I'm running a fish only tank that I'm planning to change over to planted. While doing my research on what I'm going to need and what needs to be done, I've come across several comments on web pages and forums about people claiming to not rinse their substrate or only rinsing a fraction of it to use on top.
Some of these people go on to state that they were just being lazy about it, while others come across as if they're on to something the rest of us aren't tough they never go on to explain their "secret" knowledge to us.
So is there actually any benefit to not rinsing the substrate other than rewarding laziness? If it's only about the laziness, I find that rather ironic since these folks go on talk about having to do multiple water changes, set up extra filtration, wait up to several days for the water to clear, etc. So it seems to me as if they are not actually saving themselves any time or work. They're just moving it all to the back end. Not to mention any future issues involving digging fish, uprooting plants, etc.
Personally, my inclination would be to rinse the bejesus out of it since I'll be doing it to an established tank and I don't have anywhere to keep my fish for any extended length of time. Which means taking them out, getting everything in and planted, and filled back up to get them back in ( how long can they hold they're breath - or water as the case may be - anyway
) as soon as possible.