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Old 04-24-2015, 09:15 PM   #1
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Clear water problems!

Had a tank with clear water. Tried everything, read threads, posted for advice - no luck.

Then I tried rinsed API laterite gravel. Now all my tank problems have just disappeared and I'm no longer cursed with clear water syndrome!

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We can call it a white water biotope

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I hope that was sarcastic.
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Congrats! With some effort, I've managed that look a few times:
But gravity and filtration took it away.
Give it some time. Clay based particulates may take a very long time to settle. You could try using a flocculant.


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Thanks, that's a good idea. Would be nice to get the suspended clay down into the substrate.

It's getting better.
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Ah, you must be new here. Of course it was sarcasm.

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When I used sand, it stayed cloudy for days.

And the flourite sand.. Omg! But we added a layer of fluval stratum (2 inches) that's calmed everything down.
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Congrats! With some effort, I've managed that look a few times:
But gravity and filtration took it away.
Give it some time. Clay based particulates may take a very long time to settle. You could try using a flocculant.


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Tank has cleared fairly well.

But I was thinking about this as I have been gradually adding the API laterite gravel as funds allow. So in another 4 months or so I could see myself buying some more and running into the same problem.

On the one hand, the clay would be good in the substrate, on the other I have to rinse the gravel to get rid of the worst of it.

I wonder if adding a flocculant to the gravel just before I add to tank would help?
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Tank has cleared fairly well.

But I was thinking about this as I have been gradually adding the API laterite gravel as funds allow. So in another 4 months or so I could see myself buying some more and running into the same problem.

On the one hand, the clay would be good in the substrate, on the other I have to rinse the gravel to get rid of the worst of it.

I wonder if adding a flocculant to the gravel just before I add to tank would help?

Not sure if the flocculant will stay in the gravel area since it is liquid.
You could try adding the rinsed substrate to the tank via a PVC pipe or 2L plastic bottle (with the bottom cut out). This way interaction with the water column is minimized. Not cloud proof but an improvement.


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Not sure if the flocculant will stay in the gravel area since it is liquid.
You could try adding the rinsed substrate to the tank via a PVC pipe or 2L plastic bottle (with the bottom cut out). This way interaction with the water column is minimized. Not cloud proof but an improvement.


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Great idea, I will try that.
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