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Basalt sand cloudy water

I rinsed the basalt sand for a while and put it in the tank and now its very cloudy. It's been like this for a few hours already. Did I do something wrong or is that the way it is?
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After a few hour's with filter's running?
If filter running for a few hour's does not make improvement, then a few water changes maybe twelve hour's apart at near 50% should.
Maybe clean the filter media after a few day's also and or run some fresh carbon in the filter's for a week and then remove it.(carbon less effective after a week)
Last resort,,rinse ,rinse,rinse,the sand some more.
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I don't have a filter on it now. Wasn't sure if I should.
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After filling the tank and letting everything settle for a couple three hour's,then turning on the filter is what I would do.
Do note,that sometimes when soil is covered with sand for example,the sand cap may not be deep enough, and soil can find itself free floating in particulate form.
Might add a bit more sand in this particular scenario.
Also help's when filling the tank to place plate or bowl in the tank and run water into this at not too great of flow to keep clouding of water to a minimum.
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Hello lee...

Cloudy water is pretty normal with any new substrate. Add a padded filter medium like the products from Acurel or HBH. Both will do a good job of attracting and holding the small particles that cause the haziness in the tank water. Large, frequent water changes will help too.

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I usually run a filter with plenty of floss in it. Then rinse the floss once or twice while the water is clearing up. It is amazing how much fine debris the floss will trap. Carbon is of no use to clear this kind of cloudy water.
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I usually run a filter with plenty of floss in it. Then rinse the floss once or twice while the water is clearing up. It is amazing how much fine debris the floss will trap. Carbon is of no use to clear this kind of cloudy water.

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Carbon can however help remove chlorine,some metal's possibly found in substrates,source water,tannin's from wood,peat, along with dyes that sometimes coat the substrates if they are offered in differing color's like the pink,blue,green,bag's of stuff offered .
Had never heard of this particular sand, so after searching for a bit I saw where it or similar type ,was offered in different color's.
Carbon can also aDsorb dissolved organic's that may be leaching into the water from substrates where they are found.
In any event,I feel there is little harm using it short term to help clear up what it may be able to.(can't hurt nothing )
Can alway's remove it after a week, and keep some on hand maybe to remove residual's from med's after treament's.
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