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    Question Washing Flourite Sand

    Hi all, first up I'm going to say that I haven't done extensive searching of the forums on this topic.

    But, I'm hoping this will be a straight forward answer.

    I usually use eco complete, but for a change I bought Flourite Sand to re-establish the 1ft cube when we moved house.

    However, this one bag of Flourite seems to require a lot, a lot of rinsing. Do I basically rinse it till it's clear and ditch the clay silt that's washed off? Or do I try keep some of this clay silt?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Generally youd want to wash until its reasonbly clear. Whats the purpose of the sand? Planted tank or otherwise? Note that flurite sand is inert so you may need ferts for your plants.

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    Hey Rebel.
    Thanks for your reply. That's exactly what I needed to know.

    It will be a planted tank. Will probably stick one of those 18W led nemolights on the top.

    Any recommendations on ferts? I used to buy aquagreen tabs and water column ferts

    Cheers
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    Aquagreen ones will be fine. Fert tabs will work fine with the sand.

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    Also, flurite apparently is very difficult to wash. Hope the tank is small or you have a strong back and large back yard.

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    + 1 . Flourite takes a lot of washing to get clear. That is one of the main reasons why i decided to go with eco complete instead. You have the sand and pretty much any type of sand needs to be really washed before adding to a tank.

    So just keep washing it. It should be pretty clear before adding it into the tank. If you can't get it that clear then the filter should clear it up within a few days. If that doesn't work then you might need to do more water changes to remove the cloudiness.

    Good luck with the washing

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