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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 11-30-2019, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Imagitarium Sand Aquarium and Fluorite Dark?

Here is a super dumb question but is it possible to mix Imagitarium Sand Aquarium Substrate (Petco) and Fluorite dark (Seachem)?

My tank was heavily planted, carpeted, and doing great with a gravel bottom. When adding a new plant we apparently didn't clean it well enough and ended up with a massive pond snail infestation. Long story short, i moved our fish to a holding tank while cleaning out snail and made such a mess that I decided to pull all the gravel and plants out to clean them. I had been wanting to change the tank to sand from gravel so I made the quick decision to run to my local petco and get Florite black but they were sold out. My tank gravel was in 5 gallon buckets and rather than just wait and get fluorite dark I bought a couple bags of Imagitarium Black Aquarium Sand. When cleaning the first bag I noticed it had a tendency to float so I only added the 1st bag.

It look great and I like it but I've read mixed reviews of it and some comments that it can leach chemicals and is not good longterm.

So, do I take it out and replace with Fluorite dark or can I add Fluorite to the sand? Or, should I just clean the other bag of sand and add it to the tank?

I have high fin platies, neon tetras, corey catfish, and dwarf bristlenose plecos. Everyone but the neons are actively breeding even with only half the plants we had prior to the mess. On a good note, we have been snail free for 2 weeks so we think we are ok on that end.

45Gal, HOB filter, with ceramic rings, bio balls, and filter floss. Only chemical we use regularly is PRIME with water changes and a pinch of aquarium salt and baking soda.
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Follow up question, I've used Root tabs in the past. Is the liquid Flourish Advanced better?

In short, the sand at petco is just sand and should be fine.

As far as fertilization is concerned, there is a LOT of information that goes into that and I would encourage you to read up on it more. But if you just want a quick "do this" option then what I do is root tabs, ThriveC, and Flourish. Thrive is twice a week and Flourish is 2 to 3 times a week at a much reduced dosage. This is a EI method and it requires a 50% water change every week.



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Last edited by Darkblade48; 12-09-2019 at 11:59 PM. Reason: Please use the edit function for back to back posts to keep threads cleaner
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