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Old 04-10-2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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Which Flourite?


i currently have flourite Black sand n Im having trouble with my heavy root plants (swords) and carpet plants (dwarf sag)

So Im switching to Flourite. which flourite makes your fish colors and you plants pop?

Flourite dark
Flourite black
Flourite
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I have tried the fluorite black and red types but they always cause my tanks to overrun with green water and a pale white cloudiness that can only be removed with a diatom filter. (I use a HOT magnum with the diatomaceous earth from vortex).

I personally will be avoiding fluorite from now on as the benefits are just outweighed by the advantages. Miracle-Grow perhaps?
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Default Re: Which Flourite?

What kind of issues are you having? I have regular fluorite and was actually thinking of switching to Fluorite black sand.
I have swords and dwarf sag but I still need to add root tabs or dose ferts or else I get transparent or yellow leaves.
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I am in the process of setting up a 40B which will be planted. Do I have to rinse the fluorite before adding to tank? I will cap it with sand
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:42 PM   #5
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I am in the process of setting up a 40B which will be planted. Do I have to rinse the fluorite before adding to tank? I will cap it with sand

since your capping it , no you have to.... but if ever bother the subsrate, it might get cloudy n dusty
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i currently have flourite Black sand n Im having trouble with my heavy root plants (swords) and carpet plants (dwarf sag)

So Im switching to Flourite. which flourite makes your fish colors and you plants pop?

Flourite dark
Flourite black
Flourite
Hi, I have flourite red, cannot complain, I like it.

You have to know that flourite will not provide macros N-P-K to your plants though.
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I prefer the color of the flourite black. It's consistently darker than flourite dark and its bits of red flourite.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:28 PM   #8
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I have always used fluorite black....it's probably the finest black substrate out there. And the most consistently uniform black I've ever found in any substrate. I've never had any problems with it whatsoever.
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:17 AM   #9
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The biggest problem with Fluorite is the assumptions made about it without doing any real research. The stuff is inert, so by itself it won't do anything for your plants. What it does is act like a sponge by soaking up any extraneous minerals/ferts available to it in your water. Then it can leech these materials back to the plants when/if the concentration available to the plants is lower than whats stored in the Fluorite. This is what is know as the CEC. Theoretically it could actually compete with your plants for the ferts until it reaches a "saturation" point and stops absorbing material.

This is the reason many people complain about it (other than the dust it contains). By itself it won't do you much besides physically anchoring your plants. You have to fertilize your tank to get the benefits of having it.

As far as turning the water white, I've been using both the original red and now the black and black sand for a while, years worth and many, many tanks and never had any issues like that with it. And for my other 2...no, I don't rinse it, just fill the tank very slowly and you'll be fine with it.
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