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How easy is it to plant stems in Flourite Black Sand

I'm thinking of using Flourite Black Sand in the 20H that I'm planning. I currently use regular Flourite Black so I'm quite familiar with that and the one thing that has always frustrated me is planting stem plants since half of them always seem to get uprooted by my cories, etc. before they grow roots.

So I was wondering if Flourite Black Sand does a better or worse job of anchoring stems and preventing them from floating up (while I wait for them to root).

Also would there be any downsides to using Flourite Black Sand, other than anaerobic areas which I'm hoping will be dealt with by my MTS.

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IME it is a little easier to place and hold stems in the sand vs regular black, but IDK about it making much difference against Cories... they're bulls in china shops LOL

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I saw bulls in a china shop on Mythbusters and they didn't break anything.
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huh, sorry to break away from the main topic, but I have a question from reading above. what do you mean cories catfish are bulls, are they going to turn down the dwarf hair grass I just got for trading in my angelfish.

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I used one bag of Flourite Black Sand and mixed it with two bags of Eco complete. I found using the sand alone plant roots have a hard time attaching unless I use the Eco. When you move a stem plant you can even see the roots have permantly fixed themselves to it. My only real issue with FLourinte Black Sand is that clouds water even after a pre-wash but this settles after about a day. Looks real nice now.
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My Cory's up root everything, especially my Blyxa J. But i love them.
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My Cory's up root everything, especially my Blyxa J. But i love them.
I havn't had much luck with cory's in the past. I had a juvenille pair of panda one and they croaked. They were either killed by my wild discus or the water quality from the pet store vs my tank was such a drastic change for them even after accimulation. I know they like to school and should be kept in groups of 3 or more.
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Cory's are one of my favorite's, thats why I don't mind their up rooting. I have to replant floaters daily. I've been thinking about another tank with a rock-scape for them. They do fine with rooted plants however.
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If you mix flourite with eco complete they include a water clarifier packet that only takes a few hours to clear.

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Stem plants are easier to plant in deeper substrates too...

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