04-02-2010, 02:03 PM
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Cloudy water from a fine sand substrate
i set up my 10-gallon using play sand....it is very fine. i rinsed it many times and got most of the silica dust out of it. then i put it in the tank and filled it. the water is a little bit cloudy. i have been running a filter since yesterday hoping it would clear it out, but it is still a little cloudy. i have not added fish yet. the filter i have is brand new but i am going to yank the media before i add fish and use a bunch of seeded media from my other tanks to get it cycled. i plan on putting my cories from another tank because the substrate there is rough on their barbels and i want them to have sand.
will the water eventually clear out on its own? did i just not wash the sand enough? anything i can do besides taking it all out and washing it more?