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Which Substrate should i get?

I currently have flourite in my tank and it's great for plants but everytime i try to plant something or pull out a plant, my whole tank gets all cloudy and takes hours for it to clear up.

My question is which substrate should i get that doesn't cloud up the water everytime i disturb it or at least minimizes the cloudiness.

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My experience is that when a substrate is new, it need time for fine particles to be settled at the very bottom. Also in a very old substrate, fish waste tend to build up sediment, and that tend to cloud water quite a bit if you accidentally stir it up. Both are sort of avoidable if you up root your plants slowly and gently, your water will still get clouded, but really nothing major and only take a few hours to get them settled.

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I understand but i think flourite seems to cloud the water more than usual. I was just wondering if the other substrates do the same.

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My experience is that when a substrate is new, it need time for fine particles to be settled at the very bottom. Also in a very old substrate, fish waste tend to build up sediment, and that tend to cloud water quite a bit if you accidentally stir it up. Both are sort of avoidable if you up root your plants slowly and gently, your water will still get clouded, but really nothing major and only take a few hours to get them settled.


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just turn off flow when doing big plantings/changes that will disturb the substrate, then use a siphon to suck out the little cloud that comes up. Turn your filters back on. Abra-ca-dabra. No cloudiness.


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