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Techniques for Flourite

I recently added Flourite to my 7.5 gal tank and I was wondering everyone else's experience with Flourite went or is continuing to go? It looks aesthetically wonderful. Adding plants in there this week which should be exciting. Just wondering! Happy New Year!
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I recently added Flourite to my 7.5 gal tank and I was wondering everyone else's experience with Flourite went or is continuing to go? It look aesthetically wonderful. Adding plants in there this week which should be exciting. Just wondering! Happy New Year!
Are you using only Flourite

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Yes just Flourite exclusively.
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Yes just Flourite exclusively.
I use eco-complete. It's basically the same stuff. Use a couple root tabs if you have root feeders. The substrate does absorb nutrients from the water column that are made available to roots, but I have seen improvement in plants like dwarf hairgrass when using root tabs

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I use eco-complete. It's basically the same stuff. Use a couple root tabs if you have root feeders. The substrate does absorb nutrients from the water column that are made available to roots, but I have seen improvement in plants like dwarf hairgrass when using root tabs
Yeah I am going to be using Seachem root tabs to supplement my Flourite. Now looking for a good light to go with it...
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Yes just Flourite exclusively.
Ok cool yea I been wondering the same thing... I was going to buy a bag of the seachem Flourite cause it was on sale but didn't do it since haven't really heard to much about it as far as a full substrate

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I've always only used pure Flourite in my tanks. Tom Barr recommends using a bit of leonardite underneath. I've done that too, however, pure Flourite has worked for me also.

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I have three tanks going using only Seachem's Flourite. One is solely Flourite Black, the other solely Flourite Black Sand, and the last a mixture of the two. I've had great success growing all types of plants with these products. The latest trend toward speciality substrate, like ADA amazonia, is really for the benefit they provide in maintaining the tanks pH on the more acidic side <7.0. Seachem's fluorite however is inert and won't affect the chemistry of your aquarium. If you have a lot of rooted plants you probably would benefit from using the flourish tabs as well.
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I use fluorite black sand and it's wonderful. I think it's the best option as far as fluorite goes. Are you just using original fluorite?


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I use fluorite black sand and it's wonderful. I think it's the best option as far as fluorite goes. Are you just using original fluorite?


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Yeah its the original Flourite they sell at like a Petsmart.
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I have three tanks going using only Seachem's Flourite. One is solely Flourite Black, the other solely Flourite Black Sand, and the last a mixture of the two. I've had great success growing all types of plants with these products. The latest trend toward speciality substrate, like ADA amazonia, is really for the benefit they provide in maintaining the tanks pH on the more acidic side <7.0. Seachem's fluorite however is inert and won't affect the chemistry of your aquarium. If you have a lot of rooted plants you probably would benefit from using the flourish tabs as well.
Can you post a picture of the black/black sand mixture? I was looking into flourite, specifically a 50/50 mix of those two.
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Yeah its the original Flourite they sell at like a Petsmart.


I personally like the sand better, I feel the finer particles are more efficient for roots, just my opinion, but it's all good stuff. I'd use root tabs not just for heavy root feeders, but spread out everywhere, and they should last long enough to the point where you won't need them at all. I found that it takes at least a month or so for the material to to do what it's supposed to and hold nutrients and such. Probably easier to add the tabs before your plants, per the directions on your root tabs, (spread out every couple square inches or something like that.). Fluorite is pretty simple and straight forward, there's not too many tips to give. Lol.


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Sand can be tricky, some has too large grains of sand and have a hard time holding down plants. Some too fine will choke out the roots.
I always recommend the National Geographic substrate, it is a 10 out of 10 sandlike substrate that will do neither.

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I'm using black fluorite in my low tech 6 gal and it's doing just fine. I added root tabs broken up into roughly a quarter of their size and spread them around before adding the top layer. The plants are growing great including DHG and crypt parva. My lloydiella is now growing right out of the water.
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Can you post a picture of the black/black sand mixture? I was looking into flourite, specifically a 50/50 mix of those two.
Here is a photo of the tank using Flourite Black and Flourite Black Sand. The base is Flourite. The Black Sand was used without a real concentration on the plant or root type of plant but instead with a focus on visual perspective. I placed it so there is a gradation from fine on the outer edge of tank to more corse nearing and around the stone structures.
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