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Adding a layer of flourite black?

I have regular flourite in my planted tanks and want to try a darker substrate. Rather than switching out substrates, I'm thinking of just putting a layer of flourite black on top. Would this work? Am I correct to understand that flourite "black" and "regular" are roughly the same size so I shouldn't worry about the black flourite working its way down to the bottom over time? Has anyone tried this?
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Eventually, due to the action of uprooting and replanting some of the lower layer will mix with the top. The question is only how quickly this happens.
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Regular Flourite and Flourite Black are different in size. Flourite Black is more the size of Onyx Gravel. Flourite Dark and regular Flourite are the same size.

If you really want to have a black substrate you're best to start over from the beginning.


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Thanks. Good to know.
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I concur. Better to just start over fresh, you'll be happier in the long run. No matter what you do the substrates will end up mixing up over time.

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Is anyone aware of any black substrate/gravel that is roughly the same size/shape as flourite red that would mix well with fluorite? I'd like it to look "mixed" and not separate over time. Any ideas?

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The new Flourite Dark would be a good choice. It's a very dark brown color.


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ADA AquaSoil, ever heard of it?
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Aaron, anybody in the area carry the flourite dark? Tried to make it to Scales the other day but it didn't work out. Similar consistantcy between the two?

Yes, I've heard of Aquasoil, but it never occurred to me to mix the two. Are they pretty similar in consistancy?
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I ordered it from Fox Mill Pets in Herndon, VA. www.foxmillpets.com

It was cheap enough shipping to warrant not driving an hour and paying tolls to pick it up in store. Also, they don't have everything in store that they do online necessarily.

Aquasoil is not the same consistency as Flourite. Flourite and Flourite Dark are the exact same size. The Flourite Black is smaller and would probably settle below the larger red Flourite over time. Aquasoil is also smaller.

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Aaron, anybody in the area carry the flourite dark? Tried to make it to Scales the other day but it didn't work out. Similar consistantcy between the two?

Yes, I've heard of Aquasoil, but it never occurred to me to mix the two. Are they pretty similar in consistancy?


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Bigger grain size = move to the top
Smaller grain size = move to the bottom

Uprooting, replanting, moving substrate = substrate moving and mixing

If substrate are same in size, but different in colour, they will mix.
Think about the same-sized grain multi-colour gravel, they don't separate into different layers.
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