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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-05-2005, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Washing Flourite

Has anyone tried using a window screen to wash Flourite?
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youd need a lot more water cleaning flourite with a screen than in a bucket. since the water is just passing by it, not completely surrounding it. also, I dont know of any screens that can hold that much weight.
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youd need a lot more water cleaning flourite with a screen than in a bucket. since the water is just passing by it, not completely surrounding it.
I'm not so sure about that. I put some Flourite in a glass to see how many times I would need to fill & dump to get it somewhat clear and stopped at 15. I have well water so how much I use isn't an issue anyway.

I was more concerned with the mesh size on a screen. I know Rex advocates using a paint strainer, but I already have the screen. As an alternative I guess I could use a large net.
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A much better method is a paint filter that fits a 5 gallon bucket. You don't lose as many of the fine particles.
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I just poured it in the tank and let it settle, then I siphoned off the top before planting. You still get the Flourite cloud but that is impossible to avoid IMO
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I just poured it in the tank and let it settle, then I siphoned off the top before planting. You still get the Flourite cloud but that is impossible to avoid IMO

It is possible. I have never had a problem with Flourite when washed using a paint strainer.

If you are too lazy to wash the Flourite it will be impossible to avoid the cloud. If you take 10 minutes to wash the stuff there is no problem.
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10 min????? Yeah Right. Took me over 1/2 an hour to rinse 1 bag for my 10 gallon tank. I didn't even bother rinsing for my 110 gallon tank. 12 bags X 1/2hr per bag. I have better things to do with 6 hours. Let alone the water bill. I get no cloud until I stir up the substrate for anything (ie. replanting). Cloud settles in less than 12 hours. Don't rinse it. You paid for the nutrient rich "dust".
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I have rinsed many bags of Flourite. With a paint strainer and a 5 gallon bucket and a good stream of water it takes about 10 minutes a bag.

If you have not used this method then you really can't comment on it. I have washed Flourite using other methods and nothing else comes close.
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