Is Flourite that good? - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-25-2003, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Jersie, Denmark
Posts: 208
Send a message via MSN to Glud
Soon i'm going to give my tank a "makeover", and one of the tasks are to get a new substrate. I have been thinking of Flourite, but it's not on the market in Denmark. When i was browsing i found out that the german website,, sells it, but before i buy it i would like to know if it's really that good, because it pretty expensive :down: (certainly for a 13-year oldī :? ) So what's everybodys oppenion? Also, how many bagss do you think i need for tank that measures 32"x16"x16"?

- Glud
Glud is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-26-2003, 01:49 AM
Planted Tank Guru
Rex Grigg's Avatar
PTrader: (65/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Portland Orygun
Posts: 9,600
It's a great substrate. But is it worth it? I doubt it. You would need four bags to get just over three inches of depth. You can mix it 50/50 (based on depth) with gravel which will save you money.
Rex Grigg is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-26-2003, 02:21 AM
Wannabe Guru
aquaphish's Avatar
PTrader: (53/98%)
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Some where in SOCAL
Posts: 1,638
I use Flourite and mixed it like Rex Grigg mentions. But for being on a budget Flourite can be too expensive. I hear that you can use cat litter but I have not tried it. Some will mix some regular plant soil.

If you look around you will be able to find other substrates instead of the expensive ones.

Good luck


aquaphish is offline  
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-26-2003, 10:57 AM
Algae Grower
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Manchester United Kingdom
Posts: 101
Send a message via MSN to Angel12
you could also try another product called Laterite this is similiar to Flourite but perhaps not quite as good and comes in varioius sizes.
Angel12 is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-26-2003, 12:58 PM
Planted Tank Guru
Rex Grigg's Avatar
PTrader: (65/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Portland Orygun
Posts: 9,600
Do yourself a favor and forget the kitty litter idea. I have beat this subject to death and there are more kitty litter horror stories than there are success stories.

Laterite is not similar to Flourite. Flourite is a complete substrate and Laterite is a substrate additive. They are both a source of iron but they are by no means similar. If Flourite is too expensive or unavailable then Laterite is a good way to go.
Rex Grigg is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-26-2003, 04:24 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
SNPiccolo5's Avatar
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 859
If you use laterite, treat it like you want to kill it... 6 feet under if possible. That stuff clouds your water like nothing I have ever seen before! However, for a substrate on a budget, this is what I would do...

First I would put a very thin layer of peat moss in the bottom; I got this tip from Rex! I have never used it, but it seems a small amount won't hurt anything but still has some potential to make a difference. Then, I would put a second, thicker layer of half sand half gravel (a handful of medium sized gravel could help too) with laterite and maybe a little bit of peat moss, but only a small amount. The gravel is to prevent compacting and if you use a little bit of a larger size that would preven it even more... Then, you could either top it off with sand or gravel of your choice. A good layer would "seal" in the laterite layer w/out compacting it too much. Hope this helps!


Tank in transition! 55 gallons, hard water.
SNPiccolo5 is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-27-2003, 03:00 AM
Algae Grower
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Milledgeville, GA
Posts: 74
Send a message via AIM to dlwarnock
Flourite is absolutely worth the money. You'll never regret it or have to replace it.


75G Open Top/Ehiem PII 2026, Magnum 350, 50W Substrate heater, ECO- Complete Planted Aquarium substrate, 260w 5300K, CO2 System with controller.
dlwarnock is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
flourite hell &othermanic misadventures of yet another n kindbud General Planted Tank Discussion 10 03-21-2004 03:03 AM
will flourite cloudiness hurt fish and plants? hchance Substrate 17 02-27-2004 02:07 PM
Planted Tank Chat Transcripts! KyleT General Planted Tank Discussion 0 02-26-2004 09:20 PM
Onyx or Flourite ??? Davo Substrate 4 11-05-2003 12:44 PM
is my flourite going to be ok Deuce868 General Planted Tank Discussion 1 08-02-2003 12:18 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome