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To Flourite or not to Flourite....

Hi everyone, I'm in the process of setting up my first 75 gallon fish tank, and I was wondering, which type of substrate to use, I was thinking of using just plain Flourite black sand, but I'm unsure of whether or not to use it plain or mix it with something? I also read up on the diy MTS method, but the materials seemed a little hard to come by, and I was hoping to start setting up the tank this weekend. But if you can talk me into it....

Oh and one more question, is peat mossing the underlayer a bad thing?

My tank will be a low/med setup with no CO2, if that helps.

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A very thin layer of ground peat sprinkled on the bottom glass under the Flourite helps to start a beneficial bacteria colony in the substrate. And, an inch or so of MTS under another inch or more of Flourite works well as a nutrient rich substrate. Or, you can just use substrate fertilizer tabs to provide substrate fertilizing. Another idea, which I haven't tried, but which has been recommended, is to sprinkle a very thin layer of Osmocoat on the bottom glass, under the Flourite, to get nutrients into the substrate. I am using Osmocoat in riparium planters and haven't seen any problems from doing that, so it should work under the substrate too.

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Is it true that flourite wears down the whiskers on bottomdwellers, and if so is it okay to use Tahitian moonsand with MTS?

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Personally, I don't believe this.


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Is it true that flourite wears down the whiskers on bottomdwellers, and if so is it okay to use Tahitian moonsand with MTS?
I use flourite regualar black (not sand) with my cories and they do just fine. However Ill probably go with flourite black sand instead, its more fine.
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I use flourite regualar black (not sand) with my cories and they do just fine. However Ill probably go with flourite black sand instead, its more fine.
Sweet then I am now planning on getting flourite black sand, and underlay it with MTS I was hoping for that answer thanks a bunch,
Now its full steem ahead with MTS.
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What is MTS? I am starting a new tank and this setup sounds pretty good.
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Sweet then I am now planning on getting flourite black sand, and underlay it with MTS I was hoping for that answer thanks a bunch,
Now its full steem ahead with MTS.
Thanks again,
I havent tried it myself but it seems alot better for cories.
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What is MTS? I am starting a new tank and this setup sounds pretty good.
Mineralized Top Soil..huge thread here. Takes a little effort and time to make, but well worth it. Check out the sticky in this forum....
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