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Slight initial cloudiness

Flourite Black Sand
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Although pre-washed, it may be rinsed before use to remove residual dust.
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Slight initial cloudiness is normal.


Could that be an understatement?



Pour 9 bags of Flourite Black Sand in an aquarium, then add water, and you get this.

But don't worry! My overflow (which you can see behind the slightly clouded water) is connected to the drain, so I just need to let water pour in, effectively rinsing it, until everything clears.
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I forgot to mention the top of the water is covered with foam
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Did you wash it? The rinsing suggestion with Fluorite, for me, turned out to be more than a suggestion. After 15 some washes, it was still slightly cloudy.
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If you did not rinse it.. Yea that's normal. Even if you did rinse it, a little cloudiness is completely normal

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I did not rinse it. It will be rinsing in the tank, with the overflow connected to the drain that's certainly the easiest way to do it.

At least I don't need to manually rinse it. I had to do it with Flourite for my 25g and that was an absolutely horrible experience. I couldn't imagine having to do it with 4x more substrate, and the sand seems even worse.
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I did not rinse it. It will be rinsing in the tank, with the overflow connected to the drain that's certainly the easiest way to do it.

At least I don't need to manually rinse it. I had to do it with Flourite for my 25g and that was an absolutely horrible experience. I couldn't imagine having to do it with 4x more substrate, and the sand seems even worse.


For my 30 gallon I rinsed it bag by bag in a lg bucket in the sink out in the garage. Took for every. It was not even the sand. Haha

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bahaha... ill be honest.. i hate that stuff.. i have it in my 50 angel tank now.... the problem with sand, and black sand at that, is part of what is in it is fine powder. This is after rinsing it in pillow cases for 3 hours

I will never use it again. I will go back to the rocks or eco complete

I couldnt imagine rinsing in tank .... it compacts

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As you keep adding water to the tank to rinse the sand, deliberately aim the flow of water into the sand. Keep stirring it, make the most mess you can.

Finally, drain the tank down below the level of the sand.

Arrange hills and valleys, add rock, driftwood, then plant (mist the plants).

Then put a plate or plastic bag over the substrate and refill slowly, allowing the water to trickle in over the plate and seep into the substrate without disturbing it.

There may still be a bit of haze, but nothing like the dense fog you now have.
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