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First tank trouble using Fluval Stratum

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I am just setting up my first planted tank and bought the Fluval Flora kit. This is what my tank looked like after filling having rinsed the Fluval Stratum!

Three days later it's settled a bit but any disturbance picks up a lot of dust. The filter is also making an awful whirring noise. I'm not off to a great start.

Any tips on whether I should re-rinse the substrate or try a different brand?
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I run some filter floss for about 24-48 hours, and that about clears it up. I also rinsed mine gently but thoroughly in a large wire sieve.

1 day later

24 hours after a large water change (to rescape) which involved an addition of more stratum, and a rinse and repeat on the floss.

And now

From the end

Not bad. Flourite red was worse!

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