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Re: [APD] Cloudy Water

At 12:20 PM 2/18/2005 -0500, you wrote:
>Ok, so I was horribly lazy the other day and decided that instead of
>carefully washing my fluorite gravel like I know I should I would just put
>it in my new tank and use my python to clean it.  So I added water, cleaned
>the gravel (I can't believe how muddy and dirty it actually was) and
>repeated this several times.  When I thought I had done a decent job washing
>it I filled the tank.  It was slightly muddy looking, but I thought it would
>be OK once I turned on the filter (fluval with carbon, peat and biomax).
>The filter has now been running for 24 hours and it is so cloudy that I can
>barely see the back of the tank (12 inches!).  I also noticed while planting
>some plants that every time I disturb the gravel I get a nice cloud in the
>water.  Any suggestions?  Will time fix this or did my laziness curse me to
>have to empty and reclean this gravel?  I suppose someday I will learn....

Um, well, uh, you got a diatom filter?

I did the same thing once with playbox sand. Afetr a week
of diatoming it (and backwashing the filter daily) it
was still cloudy. Even water movement released clouds
of dust.

I suspect flourite isn't as bad as playbox sand in that
regard, so I would try a diatom filter and stir up the
top 2" of gravel.

FWIW you really only need to wash the top inch or so
the rest should be ok - I'm guesing here based on what
I do with sand thse days. Flourite mayact differently
as it's a different particle size.


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