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This shot diagrams what unwashed substrate can do, and what a headache it is.  Your filter will work pretty hard to clear the water but wouldn't you r

This shot diagrams what unwashed substrate can do, and what a headache it is. Your filter will work pretty hard to clear the water but wouldn't you r

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How funny! I did exactly the same thing and almost broke my filter thinking it could handle cleaning up. Did you buy the Florite black? My water looked just like this. I did an almost total water change and still have silt on my plants.
 

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Yep. Great stuff for a bio-managed tank. However, having done pottery, I should have known; but no, :hmm:
That is the reason I am photo-journaling. I'd hate for some other poor sap to do what we did. I did not try to filter the silt. Clue= silt in the water, clay is kept in trash-cans with water, thick silt=slip for pottery. Whoa, stupid human, wash that stuff now!

Seems my inner GC {geek of chemistry} did not kick in until I read your post on nerdiness. Tooo laaate! I gave the plants a bath last night.
 

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