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Best substrate for Fish and Plants?

What is the best substrate or combo for a planted tank that has fish that are Very hard to care for or are more sensitive then others, Im talking about discus, i want substrate that wont hurt my fish or cause to much sludge or yuck. Also i wanted to no if there is any mixing or additives that work well to kick start or help keep your plants well and your fish well for the long term. Right now im just looking into seachems flourite black....
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From what I read Flourite is a great substrate for aquariums. I bought two bags of the original to put in my 36 G in the next week or so. Everyone can't seem to stress enough how badly you need to rinse it before hand though, and rinse it good. Take the extra time and don't cut corners to minimize your tank clouding up like crazy when you add water (it sounds like it'll cloud a bit regardless). I just grabbed a 5 gallon bucket, dumped half the bag in, grabbed my hose, and turned it on. Making sure to stir it up real good to get all the dust to float to the top and eventually over the rim of the bucket. I also heard from a couple people to let your flourite dry out after rinsing to help cloudiness even more, but I can't yet say if either works, as I haven't assembled my tank yet. But I will be shortly. Best of luck!


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The Flourite blacks are my favorite, too.

Just make sure you rinse them REALLY well before using them (they get pretty dusty and can cloud up a tank pretty badly otherwise).

I usually take mine outside in buckets and blast it with the garden hose till the water runs off clear. Then lay it out and let it dry before adding it to the tank. IDK why the drying step works, but I've found that it really does make a difference...





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I use flourite

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Flourite and Ec seem to be the more preferred inert sediments.

ADA As is the more used enriched sediment.
Semi soft clay cannot harm fish, nor scratch glass.

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I use eco complete. It helps cycle your tank faster and you don't have to rinse and dry prior to adding. Comes packed with water, just dump it all in


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I've used Flourite, red and black, Eco, Onyx Sand, but the best substrates IMO is mineralized top soil capped w/3M Color Quartz. I've heard very few negative reviews on ADA soils, but due to it's price, I've never tried it.
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