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post #256 of 259 (permalink) Old 05-21-2020, 04:00 AM
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I had very good success with 100% Fluorite. The first few months and the last few were tough.

I did not know that eventually Fluorite decomposes to form a sort of compacted mud. I did get almost 5 years from it however... probably too long :-)
This is good to know as I just started a flourite substrate. I did not know it needed to be very very thoroughly pre-rinsed, so my first month was rough as well.
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I had very good success with 100% Fluorite. The first few months and the last few were tough.

I did not know that eventually Fluorite decomposes to form a sort of compacted mud. I did get almost 5 years from it however... probably too long :-)
Flourite will not decompose into mud in any of our lifetimes. You may have confused a post about the kitty litter which will decompose into mud.
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Yeah, I've got 2 125s set up with Flourite that have been running for 15 years. It's never broken down in my own tanks.

Nothing good happens fast in an ecosystem.
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Yeah, I've got 2 125s set up with Fluorite that have been running for 15 years. It's never broken down in my own tanks.
Good to know. Actually I think that my issue was that I had a large part of my tank that I should have replanted and vacuumed. I think that what I was seeing was accumulated detritus/mulm. During the last 6 months before tank breakdown I was having algae issues. I think that I had let the organics build up.

I have a new tank coming today and I think that fluorite will be used, at least for the base.

Thanks for the input.
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