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Quick question about flourite

This is probably a silly question, but is there any reason I should not use Flourite as a substrate on its own?

I keep reading about it being capped. I went to a planted tank seminar a few nights ago, and he was talking about flourite, and capping it with whatever gravel you like. So that's what I bought. Flourite and some regular gravel to go on top.

But I'm as we speak (type?) redoing my tank, and I kinda like the straight black look. But maybe there's a reason to cap it (cloudy? floats? breaks down?).

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rinse it well and use it, no reason to cap it


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I need to rinse it? Doh!


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Yes, it can be dusty. I use flourite with no cap in two tanks. It wont break down or float.
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I never rinsed mine, just slapped it straight into the tank and filled up very slowly. It caused the water to cloud i little bit for 2 days and then cleared as you can see here....
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It's worth rinsing not so much for the intial set up, but for down the road when you want to make changes. Minor re-plantings will just kick up a bit of dust that settles reasonably quickly, but a big re-scape will leave you cussin' at the bucket of mud affect that happens with major disturbances.

My 37g ended up fluorite topped with gravel as I ran out of fluorite and didn't want to wait for more to be available. I've regretted it ever since. It just doesn't look as nice as straight fluorite, and small plants with shallow roots take a lot longer to root in that gravel cap than they do in the finer fluorite grains.
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If you have a bucket and a hose, it's probably worth a quick rinse. It will still cloud up your tank, though! I gave up Flourite for safe-t-sorb and love it!



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Flourite is fired to a higher temperature and also has a higher density (it's heavier) than safe-t-sorb so it does hold plants better. How much better is all opinion. Rinsing is recommended by most that have used it. I rinsed mine until I was tired of holding the hose.


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Rinsed mine as well, no cap. Liked it so much I did the rest of my tanks with it.
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I would direct you to my journal on the 90P in it, I use 100% all fluorite but I did rinse it at the time of introducing it to the aquarium.


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I use flourite in my 55. I do have it capped with Pool Filter Sand, ONLY because of my bottom-feeders (Corys, Loaches,Shrimp) they really enjoy having the finer substrate on top. Otherwise I would have gone with only flourite. Only problem is, the sand sinks over time anyways, and I couldn't afford to buy that many bags of flourite at the time... oh well. Still looks good
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could you add a layer of crushed lava rock as a supplement. or, is that really necessary?
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Yes, it can be dusty. I use flourite with no cap in two tanks. It wont break down or float.
No, it IS dusty! I just rinsed not even 2" of it in a 5 gallon bucket and it took me about 10 rinse and repeat cycles to get a somewhat clear water. I thought it said on the package it was pre-rinsed...
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Throw it in the bath tub put a screen on the drain (can be bought at grocery store) and turn on the shower head. Move the head ever min or so.... Clean flourite...
A rubbermaid storage bin with razor slits always works.
Buckets are hard because the tall narrow nature. If you use a bucket poor in little bits into a full pale and dump rather than put in dry then fill. That way every grain gets washed
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Looks and works great by itself.
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