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Flourite is messy! You need to rinse it thoroughly prior to putting it in the tank. What I have done is take a fine screen mesh and dump a bunch of flourite in it. Hold this over a bucket, and run the hose over it till it comes out more or less clear. The fine stuff that collects at the bottom of the bucket you can put at the bottom of the tank. Do this repeatedly until you wash it all. Even then, the tank will not be clear, but the filter will usually clear it up overnight.

As far as your filter goes, yes you need to clean the pads out.

HTH.
 
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