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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-10-2012, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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Would there be any benefit in soaking flourite in a highly fertilized mixture of water before flooding the tank all the way? Would it release majority of the nutrients at once and would it even hold any to begin with?
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I don't think so. Overtime you the substrate will release the goodies it had.

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Fluorite will not absorb anything. If you were to use a material which floated at first, and then sank after exposure to water, you might have a chance to do this. However, it would also most likely release the nutrients very quickly, over a few days time, and cause a serious algae bloom.
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I would put slow release tablets under the substrate. I am not sure if Florite has significant CEC to hold fertilizers.
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I thought that flourite had a High CEC?


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I thought the high CEC might make this possible.. I have no idea of the science behind it though so I could totally be wrong. My plan was to make the fert mixture so it is about an inch higher than the flourite and then let it evaporate.

My original thought is that it would either hold them or they would all be released at once causing a massive algae bloom...
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High CEC means it transports cations, not absorb anything. Meaning if you inject ferts in the water column, it will easily be transported to the roots for use. It doesn't absorb anything.

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