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I have a 55 gallon tank. The tank recently finished cycling and I decided to switch out the gravel for flourite. I want to plant vallisnaria and echinodorus. The tank contains three 1/2 dollar size angels.

I rinsed the flourite with a strainer and added about 2 1/2 pounds after removing 5 pounds of gravel fom the tank. I expected a cloud but nothing like this! I can't see the back of the tank and I'm hesitant to add anymore flourite.

I've read a few of the posts on this topic and they are making my head spin. I'm wondering if I should do this in stages or just get it over with or try to rinse the flourite more? I did read in an earlier post that too much rinsing would leach out nutrients. I'm also wondering whether the cloud will harm the angels. Any thoughts?

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Get it all over with at once. It took about a week for my tank to completely clear up. My fish were fine during this process, but probably a little upset. If you have an extra filter I would throw it on for a few days. I used two hot magnums to help clear my tank faster.

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Don't battle the fluorite. You will never get it perfect, and yes rinsing it too much with just ruin it. With my AC 150 filter the cloudiest dissapears in a day to crystal clear water.
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Whoo...its done. All the flourite is in. Maybe the tank will clear up in time for me to plant it next week...
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You will never get it perfect, and yes rinsing it too much with just ruin it.
How do you ruin it ? I rinse the ever lovin **** out of it an it always does great.

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Rinse it once, Rinse it twice and then rinse the Flourite till the water runs clear from the bucket and you will never miss a beat in cloudiness. What is giving you the cloud is the dust, it is not necessary for growth NOR does it make your plants grow any better .
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just a question bu is this the Shay from GFP [goldfish forom]
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-03-2004, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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I rinsed and rinsed and then rinsed some more... I still got a cloud but its clearing up. I think it will be gone tommorow.

BTW, I took a look at your angel tank a few days ago to get some ideas for mine. Nice tank and beautiful angels.

Fishyboy, I'm not the same "Shay." I do use this name on a few other boards but that's not one of them.

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