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You need to rinse Flourite REAL GOOD

Or else this will happen:

And that was replacing only a third of the substrate....

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Doesn't look like the fish are too happy.


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Psh, thats not bad.

I dumped the whole bag in unwashed orriginally in my 10g. It was a puddle of mud!

An hour of washing later it was a bit dusty.

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That is why I prefer Schultz Aquatic Soil over the Fluorite. IME, no difference in plant growth, $7.99 for the same size bag Schultz Aquatic Soil vs $38 for Fluorite(at least in my city), plus none of the stupid clouding issues with Schultz Aquatic Soil.

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The color and weight of Flourite and Schultz Aquatic Soil are very different.

The color is a matter of personal preference... I hate the Schultz orange loam color, I like the mix of colors in Flourite (regular).

Schultz is a very light substrate, makes planting larger buoyant plants an exercise in patience.

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You need to rinse Flourite REAL GOOD
Or if you set up a new tank, add the Flourite straight from the bag, add a small layer of washed Flourite on top, siphon out all the water, then add water SLOWLY. That's what I do and I don't get loamy clouds or frog fingers from rinsing Flourite for hours.

Of course if you add substrate to an existing tank without removing the water rinse&repeat is the only option.


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...Schultz is a very light substrate, makes planting larger buoyant plants an exercise in patience...
Easily resolved with a layer/cap(25%) pool filter sand. This is what Tom Barr suggests and it works. Pool filter sand is dirt cheap. I guess it is all about tradeoffs - price, color?? To each his/her own, personally I wouldn't pay $38 dollars for something that grows plants, IME as well as a $8 substrate with far less if any cloudiness issues. I would sooner pay more for Aquasoil because the superior growth justifies it.
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Mine was like that even after rinsing for an hour. It shouldn't take too long to settle down.
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Pop a good canister filter on there and it'll be cleared up in no time. I didn't even rinse mine when I put it in the tank, and it was cleared up within a couple hours.
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This is my Mars Dust Storm biotope tank :



All you have to do is add a few bags of flourite red & water!
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LOL, very authentic!
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This is my Mars Dust Storm biotope tank :

All you have to do is add a few bags of flourite red & water!
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