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How to get crystal clear water with flourite in less than an hour

First of all Thank you for all the great advice about everything from flora to fish, substrate and CO2. Everyone on this forum is so helpful. I'm glad i can finally contribute something back.

I am a first time user of flourite. I took 1 bag and emptied it into a 5 gal bucket. Power washed it for a good 15 min. Emptying the bucket of water about 5 times. It seem to get rid of most of the suspended particles, but everytime i stirred the substrate it got muddy again but it seemed to clear as i slowly dumped the water so i figured the rest of the small particles would settle. I left the hose in the bucket on low. It spilled out any suspended particles out of the top of the bucket. Left it for about 5 min and the water was clear.

I then emptied my tank of water 1/2 way and removed the plants then fish. I emptied the rest of the water and removed the gravel and ugf (not using ugf anymore) and gave the tank a good scrub.

I then emptied the bucket of water that contained the flourite. Of course it got murky again. I dumped it all in the empty tank and filled it 1/2 way. looked like muddy water again. I planted my plants and finished the aquascape. I filled it 3/4 of the way with water with my python and then left it filling and began a syphon. I tried to keep the water the same height and let the incoming water down the tank side. In about 10 min the water was crystal clear. I turned on my fluval and to polish the water.

Here are pictures of it after about 30 minutes of finishing.Click image for larger version

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My old clown gravel tank.
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I hope this helps. Flourite wasn't as bad as i thought it would be.

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A diatom filter will clear that up in a matter of minutes


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Clown puke gravel you mean.
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A diatom filter will clear that up in a matter of minutes
Depends on size of DE filter and size of tank

Took me like 3-4 days with the Vortex XL and ~400 pounds of PFS to get it clear. But a hell of a lot easier than manually rinsing.
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Great Job!

(Just know that eventually you will need 100+gallons for those clown loaches...)



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I don't have a diatom filter and most guys just starting out may not have one, so i thought i would just share my experience. I guess with 400+ lbs of gravel leaves my manual washing out of the question. Anyway this was just a 10 gal first try with flourite. Next to get a bigger tank for my clowns and try some ADA aquasoil. I don't think i need to rinse the aquasoil. Does ADA aquasoil break down eventually like the flora base?
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Dont use AS with loaches, Tom and others talked me out of that for my loach tank. They will stir it up and create a dust storm and get on the leaves, etc. I was willing to pay for AS for my 240. I havent looked into it much yet but if I were just doing it now I'd probably get black flourite sand if its not to abrasive for the bottom dwellers. It wasnt available when I got my sand.

Fully grown clowns can throw even heavy coarse sand pretty far with a flick of the tail. If they dart away they will create a 'wake' behind them! I figure by the time mine get that large then either them or the plants will go in another tank, but for 5 years or so I think I'll be good, or until I move to another house and get another tank setup.
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Depends on size of DE filter and size of tank

Took me like 3-4 days with the Vortex XL and ~400 pounds of PFS to get it clear. But a hell of a lot easier than manually rinsing.
Whats PFS?
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