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  1. #1

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    Mar 2013

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    I did a bit of a search but didn't find much.

    As per my only other post, tank is brand new, no fish, not started cycling yet. Filled it yesterday afternoon.

    Basically I screwed up slightly and apparently didn't rinse/wash the gravel very well and it produced a fair amount of cloudy dust. I was hoping this would settle/filter out and it is, slowly. However the dust creates nucleation points for air bubbles and has caused several of my plastic plants to float to the surface.

    I will need to clean the inside of the tank as some dust has settled on the glass which is unsightly and it's covered in bubbles.

    I'm assuming that if I leave it the filter will clean a lot of it out and I can wash the filter pads before starting cycling?

    Other than that a large water change and wait some more?

    Can I assume as this is just silicate gravel dust that it won't be a major toxic issue?

    Fluval Roma 125, Fluval U2 Filter

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    Nevermind. I decided it was probably a better plan to remove most of the water, wash the gravel in the remaining by aggitating it and continually cycle water through it until the 4 inches of water remaining at the bottom was clearing up. Refilled and retreated it and while I still have bubbles and understand they are normal, it is MUCH clearer now.

    Going to go to the local aquarium place to see if I can get some ammonia.

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    some level of cloudiness is to be expected depending on the size of the tank it may take days to fully clear up, my 5ft tank took about a week even with water changes and washing the gravel completely. It will happen just be patient. cycling during this clearing up time is a good idea to. Goodluck
    6ft Australian Fresh water turtle tank - 2 macleay river turtles, numerous guppy at varying stages of development.

    5ft 150gal planted discus tank - 8 discus, 10 cardinal tetras, 10 rummnose, 6 albino cories, and breeding RCS in tank sump and just about everywhere everything done from scratch, filtration and stand tank
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