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Help! New here but not new to aquariums

Hey all, new to the planted world but have been doing reefs since 2005.



I did the ultimate newbie thing tonight and hoping it clears itself up. I have a 29 gallon standard tank that for the past few weeks been contemplating on setting up as a planted tank. Well I go out today and bought 2 15lbs bags of Seachem Flourite red clay substrate. Usually I use live sand on my reef tanks so I never rinse. This tank looks like pure NC muddy waters. I've got an AC70 and an AC30 running on full blast right now filled with the sponges and carbon. I've also changed out 15 gallons of water and it still looks like mud. Anyway to fix this without chemicals or taking the substrate back out and rinsing it for 3 hours straight? My light is only penetrating about 2 inches down into the water lol.
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Hey all, new to the planted world but have been doing reefs since 2005.



I did the ultimate newbie thing tonight and hoping it clears itself up. I have a 29 gallon standard tank that for the past few weeks been contemplating on setting up as a planted tank. Well I go out today and bought 2 15lbs bags of Seachem Flourite red clay substrate. Usually I use live sand on my reef tanks so I never rinse. This tank looks like pure NC muddy waters. I've got an AC70 and an AC30 running on full blast right now filled with the sponges and carbon. I've also changed out 15 gallons of water and it still looks like mud. Anyway to fix this without chemicals or taking the substrate back out and rinsing it for 3 hours straight? My light is only penetrating about 2 inches down into the water lol.
Flourite is pretty dirty. I would just dig your hands into the substrate and stir it into the water and then remove as much water as you can. Refill, and do it again. After a few cycles you should be OK.

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While doing your stir and water change cycles you may want to leave your filter off if it is not already seeded with media from another freshwater tank. It will just get clogged up. If it is seeded from another tank, then you would want to keep it running (to keep the bacteria active) and just rinse sponges (in dechlorinated water) after you get done with your rinsing cycles.
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Yep should have put in 5 gal bucket took it outside and flush with water hose till it ran clear. That red clay silt is great for your lawn also. :-) seriously lot of laterite particles floating in that water, lots of iron. Water your house plants with it, run rest out into flowerbed when you drain it off.

It’s not live substrate in any way.
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It's cleared up nicely now and getting more clear by the day. I decided to use Seachem Clarity and added filter floss changed everyday for a few days in both my AC30 and AC70. I'm now down to just using the AC30. Still using a Maxspect R420R 16k until I get around to getting a Fluval 3.0 from using it previously to grow corals. It will definitely hit the par needed but how can I tell if it's a passable spectrum for my plants. I have it set at Ch1 90 Ch2 60, looks like a white spectrum but with a hint of blue in it.

Edit on the lighting. Just took my PMK from my reef tank and wow I was pushing 200+ par at the substrate. I readjusted my lighting to ~75par at the substrate. Does this seem ok for sword type plants? I have Echinodorus bleheri in the back left at about 50par, Anubias barteri var nana and Echinodorus parviflorus on either side of the dragon bubbler in about 75par.
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