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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-06-2020, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Flourite capped with controsoil??

I'm about to start a pretty simple 7 gallon scape that's mostly just going to be a monte carlo carpet. This will be the first carpet I'm attempting and I have a substrate question.

I know I need soil for the monte carlo to spread best, but I have a bunch of flourite left over from my previous tank and I don't want to break the bank for soil. Would I be able to use my leftover flourite as a base (about 1 inch) and cap it with fine ultum controsoil (another inch)?

I haven't been able to figure out any downsides to this approach, but haven't found any threads about soil over flourite (just some about flourite over soil). The tank will have co2 so I cant imagine flourite+controsoil being a problem, but I just want to check with people more experienced than I.

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Flourite is inert, there is no difference in putting aquasoil over a bare tank, or sand, or regular gravel. Your biggest issue will be the aquasoil and flourite mixing but it doesn't sound like that really matters to you since this will be a fully carpeted tank.

Remember to do water changes frequently when new. A new aquasoil tank requires 50% water change every day for the first week, every other day for the second week, 3 times in week 3 and twice in week 4 thereafter a 50% water change every week. This keeps nutrient release from building up too much in the water and an algae bloom from taking over your tank. If you are planning to do just monte carlo this will be doubly important for you.


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Really can’t think of reason not to. Actually the little bit of extra iron in clay based fluorite base will probably give you slow release of iron into the higher humic content top layer.
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