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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-21-2004, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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well, I got my equipment into day, and rinsed the flourite out real good. I must have spent around 1- 1:30 hours doing it, but it was still cloudy, and I just gave up and dumped it it the tank. Obviously, there is a cloud in my tank now, bad enough i cant see the back. I was wondering what I can do to clear it up faster. Water changes? Anything special i can put in the filter like carbon?
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Your situation is fairly normal. A couple big water changes and keep that filter running and in a few days it should clear up... You could add a floculant(sp) but I would hold off....


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just let it settle, then clean your filter.
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The best method is to strain the fluorite. But I wouldn't do anymore washing so not to drain out the nutrients. You can do a few large water changes and in serveral hours to a day the tank should be clear.
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it'll clear up and settle, but flourite will always cloud up if you disturb it enough (like when planting)
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Well, the tank has cleared substantialy today. At this rate it should be crystal clear in a day or so. I actually did strain it using a strainer, but it still came out red when i washed the strained gravel. Thats when I gave up.
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