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Is Flourite Needed?

I am planning on a low tech(ish) planted tank with low to medium light plants. This is an established aquarium with existing fish and pea gravel for substrate. I was considering mixing some Sea Chem fluorite into my gravel, would this benefit my plants, or is it not necessary?
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I would like to know also, however, I am setting up my tank mainly for shrimp
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Flourite is inert for the most part. You wont get many nutrients from it. However, good CEC or ability to store nutrients. i do not reccomend mixing as this will cause a mini cycle and flourite if not cleaned well, its really dirty. not worth the trouble and you wont see a difference. If you want, get some root tabs and fertilize the water column.
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Flourite is fired clay, with a pretty good CEC. Pea gravel doesn't have much CEC at all. Initially that doesn't make a big difference, but in low tech tanks you often want to use an enriched substrate. Flourite keeps these nutrients available, while they might leach out of pea gravel.

If you want to keep mostly stem plants like Hygros/Rotalas/Ambulias and/or ferns and mosses, it won't matter much. If, on the other hand, you want to keep rosette plants like Cryptocorynes, Echinodorus (swords) and such, they like a nutritious substrate, and using fired clay like Flourite would be beneficial.


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Hey thanks! Haven't decided on which plants, just looking at my options. Appreciate the feedback!
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