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mixing mts and flourite

I have had flourite in my tank for about a year now, however I was never happy with the amount and depth of it. I plan to drain and redo the substrate. I want to do mts, because its cheaper. Can. I keep the flourite, and mix the mts in or layer it, then a cap. I don't want to just throw away all that bacteria


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If you are going to cap the MTS with gravel I would just mix the Flourite in as part of the cap, rather than part of the MTS. It's what I'm trying with my 55gallon build. That being said I don't think it would hurt anything to mix it with the mts.

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Flourite is basically clay, it'll help increase the CEC of your substrate. If you mix it in you'll have a messy substrate to work with. I think adding it on top would work out better.....unless you mix it together and then cap it(with something cheap like black diamond blasting sand or cheap gravel).

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I did MTS capped with Fluorite with a layer of silica sand in between. Lined the edges with Fluorite to conceal the MTS. Plants are growing like weeds, 6 months later.

I highly recommend you do the same.

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You can use it as a cap or a sub-cap if you will, being a baked clay it has high CEC capabilities and is good for storing nutrients and will work good as a protective barrier from any dirt volcano when you try to move a plant.

The dirt or MTS will eventually run out of nutrients and you will have to start dosing the water column but the Flourite will help you store some nutrients, good luck.


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