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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-08-2009, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Seachem flourite...

Please forgive a simplistic question, but I am new to 'enhanced substrates' having always relied on dirty gravel/sand to provide food in all my planted tanks, plus MTSs and freshwater bristle worms to turn the substrate over and run things for me. (Some tanks have been going for over 20 years without a major clean-out, so I'm not unhappy with this method.)
I recently bought yet another second-hand tank that came with an unopened bag of Seachem flourite. I didn't want to bin it, so did some research.
If you need this stuff [at all] under your gravel or sand for root feeding, why have a two inch layer all over the whole floor of the tank? Surely, most of us only plant the heavy root feeders along the back and sides of the tank, so why have this expensive additive under 'open water' areas at the front where you want bare sand/gravel or at least just a scattering of tiny ground-hugging plants that could manage with a root tab or two or the basic crud that filters down for free..?
So a question at last would it not be better to use this pricey stuff only in thick or thin strips, or even just small pockets where it would do the most good..?
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good question! i need an answer to that too! i just bought some for my aquarium!
15 pounds for $25.00 dosent even partly cover my 55 gallon
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Flourite isn't thought to be an expensive additive needed for your root feeders.

It is a planted tank ready substrate that you can use instead of dirty gravel etc.

You could use layers, but if you can't afford Flourite it might be better to search for cheaper alternatives, like Turface/Soil Master Select/Profile/Schultz Aquatic Soil/whatever is available over there.

If you are happy with your years of gravel, I'd think adding a bit of Flourite here and there won't make a very big difference. It won't hurt to add it just in some places.


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There are actually several different methods in which enhanced substrates such as Flourite are used in addition to sand, gravel, etc. Many people choose only to use a small layer of flourite underneath or mixed in with regular gravel. Two aquascaping styles I know of are to use enhanced substrates on either side of a "river" of sand, or Amano's Nature Aquarium style. There's a neat article on the latter in April's issue of Tropical Fish Hobbyist.
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