how to get suit out of the water, when using flourite gravel - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 03-12-2008, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
New Member
how to get suit out of the water, when using flourite gravel

I just got a 37 gallon tank. The guy at the local aquarium store told me that I should use flourite for my aquarium bedding if I want to keep a fair amount of plants in the aquarium. Although, when I put in the gravel it turned my water dark brown. It looks like the water in an out-house... lol. I have my filter running, and added an extra foam pad in there to soak up the murkyness but, is there anything else I should do? I know there is some type of chemical that will clear the water by making the particals heavier so they float to the bottom but, is that healthy for the fish? And is there anything (non chemically) that I can do? or should I just wait it out and the water will clear? please help
shawnstve is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 Old 03-12-2008, 10:49 AM
fish_4_all's Avatar
Water changes, filter floss, and what you are doing is the best thing to try. Fluorite should be rinsed for what seems forever before adding to a tank.
fish_4_all is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 03-12-2008, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
New Member
ooops, I didnt rinse it first... lol should I do a FULL water change now than? like pretend that the water in there is doing the rinsing? also, what is filter floss?
shawnstve is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 03-12-2008, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
New Member
should I try the chemical stuff?
shawnstve is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 03-12-2008, 04:15 PM
Flashygrrl's Avatar
Big no on the chemicals.

Do you have fish in your tank? If not and you're early enough into the cycle that you don't mind restarting it, then go ahead and change if you you want. If you have fish or are almost done with the cycle then I wouldn't. Filter floss is sold in almost any store that has pet products, usually by the canister filters.

This is an example:

One more thing...uhhh, not to be rude of mean or anything time please read the directions. I've never seen a bag of any kind of gravel before that doesn't say to rinse it. Hope this helps! :D

This is the song that never ends...
Flashygrrl is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 03-12-2008, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
New Member
yea it does help, thank u verry much. :) I was in a hurry to put the gravel in before class, so... Being a guy and all, I failed to read directions. Haha
shawnstve is offline  

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
gravel vac and water chemistry stephanieleah Beginner Planted Aquarium 14 02-13-2010 06:59 PM
Flourite on top of gravel? Russell Crowe Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 13 10-08-2009 10:44 AM
Help with water change and gravel clean thechaser09 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 7 09-11-2009 05:41 PM
The best sand and gravel for fresh water 12-24g Borachoke Beginner Planted Aquarium 5 03-30-2009 10:09 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome