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Old 05-04-2006, 10:21 AM   #1
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i hate to do this, but my first post is a question...

hey, i did a search but couldn't find exactly what i was looking for... i'm setting up a planted 35g and i just put in onyx sand substrate and filled the aquarium up. the water is extremely dirty, should i run it with the filter on or should i let the substrate/dirt settle to the bottom with the filter off? thanks a ton.

btw, its a 35g tank with a penguin 75g bio-wheel dual filter w/ onyx black sand.
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Old 05-04-2006, 10:24 AM   #2
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I would let it settle a bit before running the filter. Sand can do some damage to your impeller. You could also wrap some filter floss or a nylon stocking (clean) around the intake tube to prevent the filter from sucking up any sand if you don't want to wait.

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Old 05-04-2006, 10:29 AM   #3
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yeah, its weird. well... i guess not so weird. on my 10 gallon i just used regular sized gravel and didn't have this problem. i guess the sand is just a little lighter than the gravel and a lot got stirred up whilst pouring the water in from a 5 gallon bucket.

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even a pre-filter sponge should prevent any damage to the filter motor, and run some floss to filter out the fine particles.

Onyx is usually pre-washed before you add it ot the aquarium, but even then it can still be a little cloudy.

Also, keep in mind that Onyx is designed to increase the carbonate hardness of your water, which should raise the pH a tiny bit as well.

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yeah, the guy the store told me it was a good substrate for a planted tank, and i plan to have it pretty well planted... here is a picture for you guys to see just how cloudy it is.


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mine looks about like that, but white. I just set up a 20g with white sand substrate. Two days later, still a little cloudy. I can see the back to the tank now though I bet it would have cleared up faster if i would have left the filter off though. Eh, live and learn
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yeah, i had my filter on for about 14 hours, and now i have had it off for about 4-5 and it seems to be clearing up a tad bit faster, so hard to tell... i can only see in about 3-4 inches right now. c'mon! c'mon!!!
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Welcome to AA, zachxlutz!
That looks like a typical new sand substrate tank!
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thanks menagerie, i'm happy to be here. looks to be a wealth of knowledge on these forums!

any idea how long its gonna take for the substrate to settle down?
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I would just empty and refill. That will get most of it quickly. If you let it settle, it will be stirred up gain.
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