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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-25-2003, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Soon i'm going to give my tank a "makeover", and one of the tasks are to get a new substrate. I have been thinking of Flourite, but it's not on the market in Denmark. When i was browsing i found out that the german website,, sells it, but before i buy it i would like to know if it's really that good, because it pretty expensive :down: (certainly for a 13-year oldī :? ) So what's everybodys oppenion? Also, how many bagss do you think i need for tank that measures 32"x16"x16"?

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It's a great substrate. But is it worth it? I doubt it. You would need four bags to get just over three inches of depth. You can mix it 50/50 (based on depth) with gravel which will save you money.
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I use Flourite and mixed it like Rex Grigg mentions. But for being on a budget Flourite can be too expensive. I hear that you can use cat litter but I have not tried it. Some will mix some regular plant soil.

If you look around you will be able to find other substrates instead of the expensive ones.

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you could also try another product called Laterite this is similiar to Flourite but perhaps not quite as good and comes in varioius sizes.
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Do yourself a favor and forget the kitty litter idea. I have beat this subject to death and there are more kitty litter horror stories than there are success stories.

Laterite is not similar to Flourite. Flourite is a complete substrate and Laterite is a substrate additive. They are both a source of iron but they are by no means similar. If Flourite is too expensive or unavailable then Laterite is a good way to go.
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If you use laterite, treat it like you want to kill it... 6 feet under if possible. That stuff clouds your water like nothing I have ever seen before! However, for a substrate on a budget, this is what I would do...

First I would put a very thin layer of peat moss in the bottom; I got this tip from Rex! I have never used it, but it seems a small amount won't hurt anything but still has some potential to make a difference. Then, I would put a second, thicker layer of half sand half gravel (a handful of medium sized gravel could help too) with laterite and maybe a little bit of peat moss, but only a small amount. The gravel is to prevent compacting and if you use a little bit of a larger size that would preven it even more... Then, you could either top it off with sand or gravel of your choice. A good layer would "seal" in the laterite layer w/out compacting it too much. Hope this helps!


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Flourite is absolutely worth the money. You'll never regret it or have to replace it.


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