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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-23-2010, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Seachem Flourite Dark, Experience and Pictures

While I was researching substrates, I found that there wasn't a whole ton of information about Flourite Dark. I decided to go with it in my 10 gallon mostly as an experiment, and since I have some pictures I decided to post them up.

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the cleaning process, partly because I forgot until part way through, and partly because my computer is broken so I don't have access to the pictures I already took off my camera.

My method for cleaning was as follows:
1) Dump half a bag in a 4-gallon bucket
2) Fill bucket halfway with water, gently scoop under the substrate several times with my hand to stir up loose particles. Dump out water
3) Repeat step 2 ten times.
4) Dump out the flourite on a towel, spread thin, and let dry completely, as per lauraleellbp's suggestion.

Here's a picture immediately after I added water (see the plate? ) There was NO clouding, so either I was lucky, or this method works really well!

Here is a picture after I scraped all the bubbles off the sides. No clouding

These pictures give you an idea of grain size and color variation. There is a noticeable amount of color variations, but I don't think it looks bad. I'm partial to the black substrates myself, but I think this one looks pretty natural.

Unfortunately, the only other substrate I've used to date has been small round pebbles, so I can't compare to other planted tank substrates. I assume that it's fairly similar to flourite and flourite black in everything but color. Having a pair of forceps really helps with planting, as it's hard to get stems in deep enough with just your fingers (without digging a bigger hole than you need)

The color is more red than I thought it would be; it's definitely a reddish-brown, not a brown brown. Here are some pictures after my preliminary plantings.

The shade in these pictures is pretty good, for showing the darkness, although the tone is a little more purple (less red) than real life.

I hope this info is helpful!

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-24-2010, 12:19 AM
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I like the color personally. I might consider using this in my next tank.

Thanks for the info!
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-24-2010, 03:23 AM
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I also decided to go with Flourite Dark and I love it. I washed and dried it as well before capping my MTS and there was no clouding at all, I was relieved. I wanted a darker substrate, but not completely black, so this was a nice middle ground. Sort of reminds me of mulched up leaves.

The texture isn't quite what I had expected and as you mentioned, it can be fun to get stems to stay down, but all in all I love it.

Nice write up!
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Flourite is awesome and all, but really, all that rinsing. Still, good job! 10 rinses? I hope you didn't hurt your back doing that or got a cramp in your arms.

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