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post #256 of 261 (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.

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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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Question Best soil for Detroit Municipal water

I am full on noob here.

I stay around Plymouth and read online that one of the factors for choosing planting soil is softness of water. Some soils will make the water softer some will not. Based on your experience what is the best soil for Detroit municipal water?
I only planning for a plant based aquarium, no livestock.
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I am full on noob here.

I stay around Plymouth and read online that one of the factors for choosing planting soil is softness of water. Some soils will make the water softer some will not. Based on your experience what is the best soil for Detroit municipal water?
I only planning for a plant based aquarium, no livestock.
I grew up in Plymouth and live now in Novi. I'm on a well and use RO water, so not sure of local water hardness. Have you tested KH/GH?

Active substrates like Amazonia Aquasoil and Landen will lower KH and pH. Inert substrates like gravel and sand do not. Most plants in general prefer lower KH, but there are still lots that will do fine in higher KH too.

You can have a great tank with either. It's still all about light, ferts, CO2 and tank maintenance.

Good luck and consider starting a journal sometime.


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