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Looking to get a bit of validation or some other ideas here...

Early stages of setting up a 120g brand new tank. I thought I rinsed the substrate (crushed coral) enough but I'm certain that I didn't now as the tank is very cloudy (can't see the back of the tank).

So I figure the solution is to now do lots of water changes. When I use the siphon I do see a lot of silt coming out. Checking the sink after using the siphon and I see a little pile of mud, not crushed coral, in the sink. Seems I want to get all that out of the substrate.

On the right track? Going to be a tedious week+ ahead of me :/
 

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Yeah, your I would say either keep doing large water changes and vacuuming the coral or if you have not added any fish yet maybe take it back out and rinse it again to get it as clean as you can.

I have never dealt with coral before but that is what I have read in several other posts.
 

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Some polishing material in a canister or 2 fine sponges will also help clear up the water. Coupled with WC's, I'm sure it will clear up within a day.
 

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Swamplander said:
Looking to get a bit of validation or some other ideas here...

Early stages of setting up a 120g brand new tank. I thought I rinsed the substrate (crushed coral) enough but I'm certain that I didn't now as the tank is very cloudy (can't see the back of the tank).

So I figure the solution is to now do lots of water changes. When I use the siphon I do see a lot of silt coming out. Checking the sink after using the siphon and I see a little pile of mud, not crushed coral, in the sink. Seems I want to get all that out of the substrate.

On the right track? Going to be a tedious week+ ahead of me :/
Same thing I am going throught right now can't See the back of my tank. I'm just waiting it out I already started my cycle. I'll get it out at the end of the cycle and weekly water changes
 

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I went through the same thing with sand. Even though I rinsed it really good. I just hung a AC110 filled with quilt batting (filter floss) on it for a day and stirred the sand several times.
 

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IME- The best thing is to leave it be for a day or so. After it has time the fine stuff will settle on the top. At that point it is time to very gently use the vac to remove this fine silt. Doing it now will get a little but work later is much more effective. I would turn off filters currently and let it settle. If it is truly full of fine stuff, you may want to do this a few times, stirring between times. It would have been better to get it out before but we can't always see what future problems we may have. Part of the game?
 

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Thanks for all the feedback guys!

Heavy siphoning is doing the trick, all be it slow. Got two sponges on my powerheads which are also catching a good bit. I'm timid to start the canister filters with the bio media in them until this is resolved as to not contaminate them. Is that a valid concern, or would you just remove the bio media and leave the three sponges/filters in them (carbon, coarse blue, fine white filters) and keep cleaning those? Thinking powerheads, canisters and siphoning the substrate + water changes is going to resolve it...
 
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