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Flourite?

Is the flourite they sell at petsmart any good? I'm thinking of using that for my 29g.
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Yep it is an excellent planted tank substrate. Read up for first use recommendations (rinsing). Gets only better with time. Go for it. Add some nutrients (root tabs, plants sticks, gel caps etc) around needy plants.


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I had my tank with it for 7-8yrs
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I've used it for years in my tanks, have had great success with it in the past, and I'm planning on going back to it for my 100 gallon tank.

45g Long - High Light Planted Tank / 30g - Plant Grow Out Tank / 100g Tank - currently resealing
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Thanks. Think one bag is good for a 29g?
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One bag of Flourite is 400 cubic inches. A 29g has a 30" x 12" footprint or 360 square inches. A 3 inch substrate depth would be 30" x 12" x 3" = 1080 cubic inches. Then 1080 cubic inches 400 cubic inches per bag = 2.7 bags. So, you would need to get 3 bags.

You can use the calculator at the bottom of the following page to find out how much that you need. When we enter 12", 30", and 3" in it; it gives 3 bags. http://www.seachem.com/Products/prod.../Flourite.html
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Thanks; did we go a little over board with the math? I was not even sure what size the bag was.
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The math is correct. The bags weigh 7 kg.

I edited the post and added Seachem's calculator for Flourite. It gives 3 bags also.
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There is a substrate calculator on this site. It gives you the answer in pounds. https://www.plantedtank.net/substratecalculator.html

There is another substrate calculator. With a substrate depth of 3 inches, it says that you would need 3 bags of Flourite. http://fish.bakerweb.biz/calculators.html
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For an average 3" substrate, the calculation is correct. However, many of us slope the substrate towards the back. I would start with 1" in the front, and build it up towards the back to 2.5 or so inches. Besides visual aspects (huge substrate slob against front glass) you won't have big tall root-bound plants as your foreground.

Thus two bags might be enough.


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Thanks. I'm kind of thinking of trying out this organic potting soil I have better. Do I need to rinse it out first? I'm going to put about 1" of soil all across the tank and than I'm going to put sand over that.
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My experience with flourite has been great. Javaferns have attached to more than a pound of it.
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