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rinsing substrate?

do i need to rinse my seachem flourite before putting in the tank or can it just go strait in from the bag.

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You are going to want to rinse it, and rinse it will. Otherwise you will have a lot of mess.

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Yes. Rinse it a LOT, like 20-45 mins a bag. There are a lot of methods to use, do a search for "rinsing flourite" and you'll find a wealth of info on that topic. Some people say you can get the least amount of cloudy water by drying the substrate out completely for a day or more before adding it, but I've never tried that.

Even with a lot of rinsing, it will still cloud up your tank when you move stuff around, so plant it before adding water (learned that the hard way) and add water realllllllly slowly onto a plate as to not disturb the substrate too much. Try adding a polishing pad and carbon pad to your filter too, it will help clear up the cloud much faster. (you will have a cloud no matter how slowly you add the water and how much you rinse it)
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Definitely rinse it well. I used a paint strainer in a 5 gal bucket for my other substrate, though that was the suggested method for rinsing flourite on rexgrigg.com
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How bout the new Fluorite Black Sand? How do you rinse that? And btw, watched a aquacsape demo this weekend. Gave me a GREAT idea, use the empty bag instead of a plate to add water on-top of your plants when filling. Worked WONDERFUL!! Thanks GWAPA crew. Great demo!
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I used the empty bags AND a plate.... once the water gets high the bags will float and then be of no use keeping the dust down.

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I agree, rinse regular Flourite well. On a related note, I recently used some of the new Flourite Dark, and it was much less messy. A quick rinse in a bucket is all it took. Your mileage may vary.
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Definitely rinse it well. I used a paint strainer in a 5 gal bucket for my other substrate, though that was the suggested method for rinsing flourite on rexgrigg.com
I've used Rex's paint strainer method for rinsing the last 8 bag of flourite I had, wish I had it for the first 4. Just remember be gentle, the rougher you are, the more dust you will make.
As for the plastic bag, I never did it, but hear good things. If floating ia a problem, put a rock or a plate on it to keep it down, and the slower you fill, the less dusy will get churned up.

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I was always told not to rinse the florite. Is there something I am missing? I thought you wanted all the nutrients in the mix. not just to wash them away.

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thats what i thought too curt but i guess not...

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You want to get rid of the dust, but IME if you do the 5 gallon paint strainer, you can keep the fine particles.

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There was some fancy Flourite that said it had beneficial bacteria cultures in it. Any thoughts or experiences?
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There was some fancy Flourite that said it had beneficial bacteria cultures in it. Any thoughts or experiences?
You are thinking of eco-complete. It doesn't need to be rinsed, but I have some doubt as to their claim of live benificial bacteria being in the bag.
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Again, what about Fluorite Black Sand? Anyone have experience with it? And how do you rinse sand effectively if it needs to be rinsed?
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Hi,
I rinsute by putting the substrate into a 5-6 gallon bucket ( about half full), then push a hose into the substrate. With the water on high
all the dust and durt floats out. I user this on play sand but you do loose quite a bit of sand. Play sand was cheep and what uas left was great.
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