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I was wondering if anyone could provide a bit of advice.

I just upgraded to my first large tank, 75g. I switched to Seachem Flourite this time and made the mistake of listening to what they said on the bag ( that rinsing was not necessary).

Now my tank looks like one big muddy mess and I am wondering what I should do now. I have two Marineland Penguin 350 filters on it but they are not running yet.

I'm just wondering if I should be running the filters and just putting seapora poly pads cut to size in the media slots and letting them run to clean the water out, or just leave everything and let it settle.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Jamie
 

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Thanks for the replies. I was wondering and maybe this is a stupid question, but what is putting a cap?

Should I also be running the filters right now as well.

Should I possibly put a layer of something else on top of the flourite to keep it on the bottom and maybe make it easier to clean. Then I can just put the plants down into the flourite.

Thanks again for any help.

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So running the filters with just some filter floss in instead of the cartridges would not help or be a good idea.

I only filled the tank today so I have not turned the filters on yet.
 

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Still Wondering if I should turn the filters on now as the water has got a bit clearer, but is still very cloudy.

There is also a very fine layer of dust sitting on the bottom now and any water movement stirs it up.
 

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I'm a longtime flourite user. It will be cloudy regardless of whether you rinse. Rinsing will only make minimal difference. Give it a day or two and it will settle and clear up. Fluorite is a great substrate and IMO is worth the wait!
Thanks for the info. I was just wondering, it seems as though i am left with this layer of dust that is just settling on top of the flourite. Any movement in the water and this dust floods the tank and it takes days for it to go away again.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I was considering just capping it off with some natural aquarium substrate gravel, or eco-complete.
 

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I bought two bags of the Flourite red, which seem to be bigger pieces and rinsed quite easily. I put the two bags over top and everything seems to be much better now and has settled down.

Thanks everyone for your help it is much appreciated.

Jamie
 
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