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03-10-2015 02:30 AM
Soxfandowd I've been waiting for That Pet Place to have this in stock for months now. Ever since I read this thread I've wanted Activ Flora. I even emailed them and they replied that they are working to increase their inventory. But on a whim I stopped at a LFS that I had been meaning to go into but never did, and when talking to the owner he was able to order it for me! SCORE!!!
Loved the experiment too!!!
02-24-2015 09:18 PM
kman
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Originally Posted by DizzyD View Post
Does the active flora break down over time like other substrates? I know one benefit of Eco complete is it doesn't break down.
Not in our lifetime. It's a solid substrate like Eco Complete, not a soil-based substrate.
02-24-2015 08:03 PM
DizzyD Does the active flora break down over time like other substrates? I know one benefit of Eco complete is it doesn't break down.
02-24-2015 01:20 AM
kman
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Originally Posted by Krispyplants View Post
I think the black sand from AF is what I like. Never tried the other black one though. How black is it?
The Activ-Flora Black is more of a fine gravel than a sand. The Diamond Black Blasting Sand is actual sand consistency. Quite black, based on the photos. Search the site, there are tons of tanks that use it, because it looks good and it's super cheap (like under $10 for a 50 lb bag, cheap!). Unfortunately, the main place that seems to sell it, Tractor Supply, has no stores anywhere reasonable near me, so I don't have any to compare first hand. One of these days if I set up a larger tank and need something cheaper (and more available) than AF, I might make an effort to track that stuff down and give it a shot, though.
02-24-2015 12:51 AM
Krispyplants
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Originally Posted by kman View Post
Yeah. I haven't seen anything out there that I like as much as the real deal Activ-Flora black. Maybe the Diamond Black Blasting sand, that can be really nice, too. And a lot cheaper! But sand is a different look from AF.
I think the black sand from AF is what I like. Never tried the other black one though. How black is it?
02-23-2015 07:03 PM
kman Yeah. I haven't seen anything out there that I like as much as the real deal Activ-Flora black. Maybe the Diamond Black Blasting sand, that can be really nice, too. And a lot cheaper! But sand is a different look from AF.
02-23-2015 06:56 PM
Krispyplants I believe its the activ flora black. When I first started my tank, I bought flourite, Ada, activ, and Eco which was all black. I loved the activ flora black and wanted to buy some more but thought it was flourite black. Felt real bad when I saw how brown the black was when I ordered another flourite black.
02-23-2015 04:45 PM
kman ^^ The Black bag? You mean this stuff, Activ-Flora? (in which case I agree!) Or something else?
02-23-2015 11:53 AM
Krispyplants The Black bag has absolutely gotta be "Thee" best looking black substrate there is. Pure black with tiny glare. Blacker than eco and ADA. For this substrate, you can actually see the brown fish poop instead of having it blend in with eco. The magnetic field around this substrate is unbelievable. My long tweezers always get a few grains of this stuck to it while plucking and planting plants. Not to mention why I stopped using magnetic cleaners. Dwarf Baby Tears will easily root onto it because of the rice sized grade.
02-23-2015 04:41 AM
NanoDave
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Originally Posted by Seattle_Aquarist View Post
ActivFlora costs about $1 per pound, I purchase 40 pound bag of Safe-T-Sorb #7941 ( Montmorillionite clay) for $5 at Tractor Supply[/URL]. Granted it doesn't have the black color but for the price it isn't bad.

I have a friend who swears by this stuff as well and has great results. I'm just too picky about the color and grain size to use it persoanlly. Now if they could only make it in black!
01-05-2015 10:35 PM
Seattle_Aquarist Hi All,

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ActivFlora:
ActivFlora™ Planted Aquarium Substrate is a Bio-Activ NUTRIENT-ENRICHED™ gravel specially developed and suited for planted aquaria. ActivFlora™ gravels are naturally abundant in trace elements that instantly provide a nutrient-rich environment in which your aquatic plants will thrive and achieve optimum health and growth.

Elemental Analysis (Units=mg/kg)

Aluminum ..................10210
Magnesium .............. 2281
Barium ..........................124
Manganese .....................64
Calcium..........................195
Sodium.........................223
Cobalt...............................6
Nickel............................12
Chromium........................13
Vanadium.......................15
Copper ............................17
Zinc...............................29
Iron.............................18500
Potassium .................. 2195
I'm going to weigh in on this just because. First of all let me say that Active Flora may indeed provide good results, although I have never tried it myself. Why do I say that? Because I use Montmorillonite Clay products that have basically the same composition; let's compare ActivFlora™ Planted Aquarium Substrate to Montmorillonite clay materials.

Nutrient..................ActiveFlora............. ..Montmorillonite clay
Aluminum ..................10210.....................10500
Magnesium .................2281.......................4130
Barium ........................124....................... ..119
Manganese ...................64...........................61 .1
Calcium.......................195................. .......5310
Sodium.........................223................ ........353
Cobalt............................6............... .............3.5
Nickel............................12.............. ............14.8
Chromium.......................13................. ...........39.5
Vanadium.......................15................. ...........18.7
Copper .........................17....................... .......5.2
Zinc..............................29.............. ..............50.5
Iron.............................18500............ ........12600
Potassium .................. 2195........................3980

ActivFlora costs about $1 per pound, I purchase 40 pound bag of Safe-T-Sorb #7941 ( Montmorillionite clay) for $5 at Tractor Supply. Granted it doesn't have the black color but for the price it isn't bad.

10 gallon with ferts, no CO2
07-09-2014 01:41 AM
EwDeg How many bags would you think are necessary for 2.5" depth in a 40B(36"x18")? I'm thinking 4-5.
07-06-2014 04:46 AM
180g
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Originally Posted by Kehy View Post
Fish butts!
LOLlol
07-06-2014 03:42 AM
bassistjon112 Activflora does have iron it and will get stuck to a magnet cleaner.
07-05-2014 09:20 PM
god91234 this stuff really is great. thanks for put up the info on it.
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