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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-11-2008, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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What to use for substrate?

I have been considering switching out the substrate in my planted tank for flourite as it is currently bare gravel, but i'd like some opinions as to whether or not it's worth it, and whether or not i should as this is my first attempt at planted aquaria.

its a low tech tank, 1.21 WPG
ferts are a half cap of flourish every week
no CO2 injection
I plan to add some Crypts in the near future

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Love the flourite, but RINSE it well before putting it in... do a search, but I used a 5 gallon bucket outside just kept water flowing in and overflowing and stirred up until the water ran clear... about 15 minutes a bag...

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you will see a great difference in your plants. I say, go for it.

next thing you know, it's co2...lights...external filters....

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i see that robbob2112 likes the fluorite,but I have had some bad experiences with it. i rinsed it when i first got it but the water in my tank was for the most part always cloudy and when i stirred the gravel to put a plant in the water turned a very dark brown so it was impossible to see into the tank. this happened every time so i tore down my tank and replaced the fluorite with ecocomplete
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okay... so how much do i need? the tank is 33 gallons, 14 by 30 inches. should i build up a 2 inch layer and use pure flourite or do 1 inch and then layer on the plain gravel on top?
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There's no need to put gravel on top unless you just like the looks of it. If you do, just put a very fine layer as in general gravel is too coarse for plant roots.

Use the search feature and find the substrate caluculator on the forum- I know it's here somewhere but I forget just where! lol



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Here's the calculator. It's located in the articles section https://www.plantedtank.net/substratecalculator.html

So, for 2 inches, you'd need ~ 29lbs. However, I'd recommend 3 inches of depth, in which case you'd need ~43lbs of flourite. The extra depth is pretty useful IMHO

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Oh, and as for adding the flourite...just rinse it really well using a paint strainer a few times in batches, then put it in the tank. Try putting the empty plastic bag on the bottom of the tank, and fill with water slowly. This really helps to prevent the cloudiness that sometimes occurs. Again, just my $0.02

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