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Fluorite Black Sand issue?

I have a FBS cap which seems to deposit its dust on the lower leaves of my plants, enough to harm the plants. Anyone else? Perhaps it is because I didn't rinse it and get rid of the fines?


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Eventually the dust will settle and either mix with mulm or slip down between larger grains. Give it a week or two. If it's been longer than that and dust is still the same problem it was, you can get as much of it floating as possible and do some large water changes. If the issue seems to be getting better slowly, just wait it out.
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I thought larger substrate particles moved up and smaller ones moved down? It has been in for a couple of months, and I don't think it will get better. I have goldfish and they graze the substrate aggressively all day. I think the action continually grinds the FBS down into smaller particles. I think I will have to cap it. Some of my plants, like the cabomba which has a natural mucous like coating, really attract the dust. I don't think they will survive it. I am almost certain it is FBS dust, but know next to nothing about planted tanks. I may well cap it but know I run a risk by creating too deep a substrate. I have an inch of mud, a half inch of sand, then the half inch of fluorite. I think I would cap it with cookie sized stones and pool filter sand. Any more thoughts???


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Oops. I screwed up the first sentence in my previous post. I just realized that you said the small particles would move down. My bad.


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Flourite does seem to release a lot silt during movement. If you have enough flow in your water it seems to stop the silt from all landing on one plant and smothering it.

For additional info, there was some discussion here as well: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/su...-flourite.html

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I will have to cap it. I am using fluorite sand not regular fluorite and the goldfish never stop kicking it up. Higher flow would not be enough. Thanks for the link.


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I have FBS, but mine is capped w Tahitian Moon Sand. I don't have Goldfish tho.
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Interesting. Do you have dirt underneath? Why did you cap? Did you know the FBS would be a problem on top? I am concerned that moon is too sharp for goldfish who mouth it all day. I am considering PFS or glass beads for sandblasting.


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