05-09-2013, 08:24 PM
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Beaslbob, I'm sure you're right that it's better to wait--it makes sense to me that the nutrients would then settle instead of being washed out. Unfortunately, I don't have the patience and personality to manage it. :-/
I put in water, did two water changes, and still had brown water I couldn't see through. I went ahead and drained all the water (soil didn't even move when I tipped the aquarium) and then put on whatever Fluorite Dark sand I had left (which was enough to barely cover the clay, and not enough to measure) and then put on a one-pebble layer of cheap pea gravel. I have no idea if it will work, but I can at least see through the new water I added. I'm going to give a shot to planting my excess aquarium plants in it and see if it works.