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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 07-06-2006, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Flourite verses AS

Flourite verses AS !!

Just wondering of these two which one do you guys use and prefer.

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had flourite, switched to AS - will never go back.

AS has the nutrients, nice color, won't scratch the tank, and softens the water. PLUS, you don't have to wash AS! My plants are showing tremendous root growth and my fish are spawing. I got my AS for cheaper than I could have gotten the flourite (sale) but normally it's about the same cost.

I wouldn't recommend AS if you have hard water fish.
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ditto, AS is way better than flourite.


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I agree with cbennett...Aquasoil is the best, hands down. I like the way it looks and the growth of my stem plants is phenomenal
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fluorite is like hardbaked aquasoil. Doesn't allow the roots to penetrate into it like AS does.

Ever been to a lake or river? Do you recall wether the dirt/substrate was hard like fluorite, or was it soft and spongy like aquasoil?

to me aquasoil just seems more like what I see in nature than using fluorite.


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Had Flourite.

Now, all my tanks are Aquasoil and I have about 50lbs of Flourite sitting outside in a bucket.

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I could never stand the look of Flourite, so I started with Eco Complete. Since using Aqua Soil, I will never go back.

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where is aquasoil found?? i am in san diego
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I currently have Flourite in my tank. I've always noticed large root systems on my stemmed plants. I like the look of the tanks on the site that have used AS Amazonia normal. I'm thinking about using the AS when I switch out my 15 gallon for a 20 gal. I just need to read more up on the effect it will have on the water chemistry and if any other additives have to be use with AS.

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you can also get AS from AquaForest in San Francisco. They will ship.
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Unless you have Rift cichlids etc, I'd not worry about the water changes done via ADA AS.

I've spend a long time using a number of products over the years.
I even warned Jeff from ADG that the test I did on ADA As might not be what he thought, but I proved myself wrong.

And that is a good thing because the end result is that is satitified my critiques and did and super job, looks very nice also, something I've bugged over with the SeaChem Flouirite and Onyx sand. EC is junk with all those different grain sizes but it has a better color at least than flourite. But ADA is cheaper than EC.........

Most folks that have tried ADA AS will not go back as you can see, there's a reason why I, Jeff, Luis, David, Amano etc use it.........

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How much AS would you need for a 20 gallon tall?

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I am really wantiing to switch from the substrate I am using (gravel) to AS. My tank is 36L X 24H X 12W how much would I need to get a 2-3" Depth?

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Look at this chart. I could've saved posting myself if I had looked at ADA web site more carefully.

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