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Old 09-08-2013, 08:17 PM   #1 
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I've been cleaning gravel for the past 2 hours

I've put it in the bucket, moved it around and dumped the water probably over 150 times by now. It's starting to get to me, seriously it's putting me in a bad mood.. This white gravel just wont lose all it's damn particles.

If I dump water on it, it's clear, but when I move it around with my hand (quite vigorously because I want all that damn debris out) the water gets white. It's never ending. I'm seriously getting frustrated here.

Anyone have a similar experience with white gravel? Or gravel in general?

I don't know what to do. Could it be harmful to my fish if I just use it like it is? Won't the filter help and eventually clean it off?

Someone help me, I'm seriously getting a headache.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:30 PM   #2 
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Do you know what brand of white gravel?
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:43 AM   #3 
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Could you possibly be stirring it so furiously that you are knocking paint chips off? Also if you are using hot hot water the paint will run.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:42 AM   #4 
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I'll take a picture of the spare bag I have later. I'm thinking this is crushed coral right?

Also it has no paint, it's natural.

If it's white, yet has no paint, it must be crushed coral.. right?
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:40 PM   #5 
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http://imgur.com/a/zDsHH

Here are some pictures of the gravel, complete with the bag.

I guess the brand is "HobbyPet", not sure if it's Mexican or not. (I'm living in Mexico)

If you can read, it says "Dont affect the Water Chemistry".

"Dont"

With typos like that, how can I trust them? ha.

Anyway, does this look like crushed coral to you guys? The stones seem to have some organic patterns on it but I'm not sure. They are slightly pinkish too.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:54 PM   #6 
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I'm guessing that it is coral. On other sites, users have said that it never runs completely clear if you're swishing it. It should not be harmful to the fish. Most people just give it a good rinse when they first buy it to get the worst of the cloudiness out, but even people who forget to rinse it first say it clears up with help of a filter soon.
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