I have had Flourite in my 55g for about 6+years, and I am sick of it! The color is not so bad, but it grows algae like MAD!!!
It grows BBA constantly and since one of my Marimo Balls broke up it too is growing all over the crap!
I have tried lightly vacuuming it while doing water changes to remove excess ditrus to combat the algae, but it doesn't help!
So what I am thinking of doing is removing the top 1" or 2" of it, there is about 3.5-4" in the whole tank, and them capping it with Black Beauty or Pool filter sand. THEN when my 40B is up and going. I will put the fish in it and tear the tank down and dirt the 55g!
I know some of the Flourite will come threw the sand when I move plants around, but this will be a short term fix till my 40B is ready for fish. I am building the stand next week and I am waiting on a new impeller and ceramic shaft for my old Fluval 204 that is going to be going on the 40B too! All of that will be arriving by the time the stand is done and the tank will be ready to setup!
So what do Yall think? The main reason I am thinking of doing this is I am receiving a shipment of plants from Cris Ramos tomorrow, and I would rather not have them introduced to the algaed up Flourite and start them off on a bad foot!
OR should I just scrape off the top 1/2" that has all of the algae and put the plants back till my 40B is ready, and not mess with the sand?
By the way there is ONLY 6 Rummynoses, 5 Albino Corys, and 3 Ottos in the tank, and it has 2 Fluval 205s running on it. 1 for about 10 months and the other about 5 months.
THANKS for any help Yall can provide!