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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-22-2004, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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One of my tanks has a sand substrate and I want to blend it with fluorite or Eco-complete to give my plants a more nutrient-rich medium to grow in. The fluorite I've seen for sale comes as granules of about 3-5 mm. I prefer the look of the sand. Also, I know that with substrates of mixed sizes you get the small particles settling. So my question is, has anyone ever used crushed fluorite (or Eco-complete) or have opinions on this? I want to get the grain size of the fluorite about the same as the sand.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-22-2004, 06:03 PM
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You can simply mix all the fluorite or eco-complete very throughly with some sand and then place on top of that, a layer of pure sand. This way their is no further settling.

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I got a sneakin' feeling the sand would not stay on top, at least it hasn't IME.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-23-2004, 02:11 AM
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I've crushed flourite, and it came out looking pretty good, BUT, it's quite labor intensive depending on how big your tank is.

Just take a handfull & break it up with a hammer to get a good example.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-03-2004, 04:22 AM
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My recomendation would be to break up the larger rocks with a hammer, but try the smaller variety with a stone mortar and pestle....itll turn corn to sand, why not flourite?...extremely menial labor, hope you have a small tank.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-03-2004, 04:27 AM
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You could go with Onyx black sand. That what i have in this tank:
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-03-2004, 04:30 AM
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Here it is planted. I used 50-50 Onyx-play sand. It's alot like flourite except it's much more fine.

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