Planted Tank VIP
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Man, I would never, ever, ever pay $360 (US$250) for ANY substrate. I don't care if it were made of pure magic dust. Substrate just doesn't plan an important enough role in plant growth to justify the expense, unless you've already exhausted yourself of ideas on ways to spend money and already have metal halide lighting, pressurized CO2 with automatic pH control and a box full of every macro and micro nutrient you'd need.
Dude, go to Home Depot and buy a bag of potting soil. Put a thin layer (2 cm) on the bottom and cover it with regular coarse sand. Find an industrial supply store and buy a 100lb bag of coarse sandblasting sand. Or just buy regular black sand or gravel from your Local Fish store. Ask around, you'd be surprised at which ones might be able to get it for you. If all else fails, go buy some regular play sand. The kind you put in sand boxes for kids. Maybe mix it with some fine pea gravel for texture.
Bottom line is that while Fluorite is a nice substrate, it's not THAT much better than regular sand/gravel that it's worth breaking the bank over. Now, if $250 is no problem for you, then go for it. You'll love it. I'm just saying there is an easier way.
- Sam P -
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