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01-10-2016 02:46 PM
Hilde
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Originally Posted by James M View Post
"Holy Grail" = dirt
I disagree. ADA's Aqua Soil - Amazonia is the best substrate but pricey.
01-10-2016 02:26 PM
Melika I decided to go with this substrate for my first planted tank because of this thread. So far I like it. I haven't gotten all my plants yet but the melting crypts I threw in there stopped melting altogether and started growing immediately, throwing out new shoots (trimmed away all the melted leaves of course) and the dormant red tiger lily also began to grow.

If I move plants around, there is no cloud at all. The substrate is fine enough to hold the plants firmly so my corys and rams haven't been able to dislodge any of the new stems of hygro.

AND it's PRETTY.
01-06-2016 06:53 PM
MichaelMcG Yup, I just picked up the last 3 bags Amazon had in stock. $22 dollars a bag and free shipping with my Amazon Prime, can't beat that!

Now it is time to redo my tank. I am removing a dirt/sand cap substrate.. Hope that is not too much of a headache
12-07-2015 01:05 PM
kevmo911
Amazon.com : Worldwide Imports AWW81211 Flora Core, Black, 16-Pound : Aquarium Decor Gravel : Pet Supplies Amazon.com : Worldwide Imports AWW81211 Flora Core, Black, 16-Pound : Aquarium Decor Gravel : Pet Supplies

$22.05 with free Prime shipping for 16lb bag if anybody's interested.

I have to run, but I wanted to make a comment even though I still have a few pages to read ...I haven't seen mentioned any concern over how uniform it is? I mean, is it just because it's all the same exact rock (seems unlikely), or is there a resin coating? If so, it seems like it would eliminate the already unlikely possibility that it will slough off mineral nutrients. Regardless of that, I'm still doubtful that it's got a CEC of anything higher than zero. It's not volcanic, and it's not clay.

That said, it does look really nice. If I had any plans for a nano, I'd probably buy a couple bags. But I decided a good while back that I've blown more than enough cash on Flourite over the years and any new substrate would be of repurposed stuff. Turface, because I've always liked the look of regular Flourite, and blasting sand, because I also like the look of the Flourite Black Sand that's capping dirt in a couple tanks.

Anyway, 20 bags at the Amazon link. Good luck!
12-07-2015 12:15 PM
mark546 I bought a ton of the stuff on clearance too. I can't say I've had the same experience. I will buy either depending on which is cheaper at the time. I have also used it as a cap on soil. After a couple of months the growth rate was huge on a low tech nano. As for the 55 I just pop osmocote tabs under it now and again.
12-07-2015 03:52 AM
Hunter73
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Well ten days ago I put one 16 lb bag in each of my Spec V's. So far it all looks pretty good. A few plants are melting, but they came from my high tech tank and now are in these low tech tanks. I'll give them a chance to try and recoup. Anyway, I really like the look of this substrate. I have a couple of crappy iPhone pics. I will take some better pics later, but right now this couch feels comfortable.
I've had to pull a few plants and toss, but for the most part with the factory low light I'm impressed.
12-02-2015 01:36 AM
Hunter73 Well ten days ago I put one 16 lb bag in each of my Spec V's. So far it all looks pretty good. A few plants are melting, but they came from my high tech tank and now are in these low tech tanks. I'll give them a chance to try and recoup. Anyway, I really like the look of this substrate. I have a couple of crappy iPhone pics. I will take some better pics later, but right now this couch feels comfortable.
11-20-2015 10:55 AM
Hunter73 Well, I finally got some bags of the black. Gonna get some inside a couple of Fluval Spec V's tonight. I'm excited to use this and see what kind of results I get.
10-20-2015 12:25 AM
Patriot
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How's it doing now?
The white stuff died back actually.
10-20-2015 12:24 AM
Hunter73
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It's spreading fast.
How's it doing now?
10-03-2015 04:54 PM
latchdan amazon has 3 bags right now if anyone wanted to get them, found it locally so I'm not buying them.
09-13-2015 12:33 AM
Hunter73
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Originally Posted by Patriot View Post
Three days
Thanks for the fast response. Keep us updated on this condition please. I'm still trying to find enough of this in stock so I can order some.
09-13-2015 12:04 AM
Patriot Three days
09-12-2015 11:50 PM
Hunter73
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It's spreading fast.
How long has your Activ-Flora Floracor been in your tank?
09-11-2015 06:27 PM
Soxfandowd Mine wasn't quite so fluffy? It was more like someone spray painted a large spot on the substrate. You should be able to vac that up easily. Turn down your lights some or reduce the photo period. I think it is all part of the breaking in period. We all go through weirdness outbreaks as our tanks are stabilizing.
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