When will the dirt go away?

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Alright so me, being the genius that I am, forgot to wash the fluorite before putting it in my tank... It was going in a bare bottom tank and I have the fish from that tank in a 5 gallon bucket. The water is a dark to medium brown, and I am running 2 packs of active carbon in order to clear things up quickly.

My question is how long will it take to go away and when can I add my fish back in?
 

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Are you doing water changes and vacuuming? I don't know anything particular about fluorite, but I know with un washed gravel and other substrates, you would want to do a lot of gravel vacs and water changes to clear the water up and then use carbon for the remainding stuff.
 

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good advice from kupcake
 

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I have flourite black sand in my tank and AFTER spending about a half hour or so rinsing out the sand, I ended up doing several 100% water changes and it was still cloudy for another day or two. You can either take it out and rinse it off or continue doing water changes. Good luck
 
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Alright, I'll do that! Lol. I just need to know when its okay for my fish to go back in :/
 

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I think the fish would be ok even if the water is still a little cloudy (someone correct me if I'm wrong). If you're able to keep them somewhere else safely for a while, I'd leave them there for the time being. Otherwise, clean it up as best you can and then transfer the fish back over.
 
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Alright, thanks! I have the fish in a 5 gallon bucket filled about 3 gallons full right now, the thing I'm worried about is that I have 5 cories and a betta in there lol. I think they sould be okay for a few hours though.
 

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They should be fine to go back in the tank now. Putting filter floss in the filter for a day or over night should clear the water right up. What I call filter floss is really quilt batting or pillow stuffing from walmarts. It's about $3 for a big bag. Just make sure it doesn't have any additives. After about a day or night you can just take it out and throw it away.
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