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Capping mineralized soil with Flourite.

I know this might be overkill but I have alot of Flourite lying around. Wondering if capping will work or will be way over kill.
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Flourite is an inert substrate, but with a good CEC. It would be a great top layer over MTS.

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I experimented with mineralized soil and used Black Flourite as a cap. Worked pretty well in this farm tank of collectoritis.



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I used Flourite black/Colorquartz mix to cap the MTS in my 46gal and am quite happy with it.





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I had Flourite Dark as a cap in my 75 gallon Crypt tank. It works just fine. Personally, I don't care for it as far as plantings go though. It's difficult to anchor plants without tearing roots and very hard to uproot them without tearing them as well. The 3M colorquartz is still my all around favorite.


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Flourite is an inert substrate, but with a good CEC. It would be a great top layer over MTS.
What do you mean by CEC? I am wanting to cap my MTS with flourite but not sure this means.
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CEC stands for Cation Exchange Capacity- it basically means a substrate's ability to absorb nutrients from the water column and hold them in a form that is available for the plants to draw in through their roots.

Most of the fired clay substrates (such as Flourite) have very good CECs.





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CEC stands for Cation Exchange Capacity- it basically means a substrate's ability to absorb nutrients from the water column and hold them in a form that is available for the plants to draw in through their roots.

Most of the fired clay substrates (such as Flourite) have very good CECs.
Thanks, I am new to this forum and to planted tanks. I have found there are a lot of abbreviations used here, and a lot of information to sort through. If I were to use Flourite as a cap would I still need to add clay to the MTS? Sorry if I am hijacking thread.
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Yes, the clay provides a 'floculating' ability to the soil that makes it clump up and fall back to the substrate from the water column faster when you uproot plants. Strange thing, both soil and clay by themselves tend to stay in the water column a long time, but if mixed together they lump up and fall out.

Sad thing about 3M ColorQuartz, last I knew they had ceased manufacturing it.

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Thanks, I am new to this forum and to planted tanks. I have found there are a lot of abbreviations used here, and a lot of information to sort through. If I were to use Flourite as a cap would I still need to add clay to the MTS? Sorry if I am hijacking thread.
Yes, well probably, the clay helps hold it together. I haven't heard of any success/failures of people not using clay.


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