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Ok - so I just added half a bag of Fluorite into my 20 gal tank, on top of some sand.

After half an hour of rinsing or so, the material is still muddy - and that's fine- thats what expected.

But the water is really cloudy now - i cant even see and not even sure if I spreaded it out evenly enough (i just need it for a part of my tank for the foreground plants)

Do you think I should just leave the tank be and turn off the filter, wait for it to settle? Or should I run the filter? I have some sponge on hand not sure if its fine enough to catch the dust, the water movement will def makes the settling process slower tho.

Update: I can see good improvement in term of how well my lights could penetrate into the bottom: it goes from top 1/5 to now almost top 1/3 in term of medium, bright light.

Thanks!

PS: there are some fish but they look happy right now.
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Ok - so I just added half a bag of Fluorite into my 20 gal tank, on top of some sand.

After half an hour of rinsing or so, the material is still muddy - and that's fine- thats what expected.

But the water is really cloudy now - i cant even see and not even sure if I spreaded it out evenly enough (i just need it for a part of my tank for the foreground plants)

Do you think I should just leave the tank be and turn off the filter, wait for it to settle? Or should I run the filter? I have some sponge on hand not sure if its fine enough to catch the dust, the water movement will def makes the settling process slower tho.

Update: I can see good improvement in term of how well my lights could penetrate into the bottom: it goes from top 1/5 to now almost top 1/3 in term of medium, bright light.

Thanks!

PS: there are some fish but they look happy right now.


I'd just let it run after cleaning the filter meterial and even maybe change to charcoal as well along with 50% water changes every day until it clears.

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You may want to turn off your filter and let everything settle at the bottom, then siphon it out. I think that would be the easiest way to get rid of it.
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The next time I fill my tank with flourite (red is particularly bad), I am going to do a slight amounts of rinsing, put it into the tank and let it settle for 48 hours. Then, just run the filter to get the rest, change out the cartriges and call it a day. To much work doing anything else.

I would turn off the filter over night and let what will settle end up at the bottom. Then just run your filter to get the rest.

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