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50/50 mix of flurote black/3M Colorquartz instead of mineralized topsoil

So, I wanted to make a mineralized topsoil myself, but after reading about the mess involved in this operation I am less and less excited about doing that in my living room (since I can't do it outside). What do you think about making a 50/50 mix of fluorite black and colorquartz instead of colorquartz+ topsoil? The tank is 75g and I'd like to have a carpet of HC or something similiar in the foreground.
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So, I wanted to make a mineralized topsoil myself, but after reading about the mess involved in this operation I am less and less excited about doing that in my living room (since I can't do it outside). What do you think about making a 50/50 mix of fluorite black and colorquartz instead of colorquartz+ topsoil? The tank is 75g and I'd like to have a carpet of HC or something similiar in the foreground.
Thanks for your input.
I hope that works, since I'm doing about 75% florite and 25% colorquartz. A month down the line the tank is looking pretty good but it is probably too early to tell the long-term results. BTW - I washed and washed the colorquartz and am still getting a tiny bit of oil off of it!

You might want to rethink and see if you can hook up with a free shipping over $XXX deal with an online dealer for flourite. I got mine from That Fish Place - great folks to deal with...I noticed the free shipping AFTER I placed the order and e-mailed them. I got a reply in less than 2 hours cancelling the shipping costs! I had the flourite in less than 4 days.

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I did that mix in my 90gal and am quite happy with it.





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I've grown hc in colorquartz and nothing else. Ime, you can still grow pretty much anything even without a fertilizer rich substrate. It doesn't hurt to have a nutrient rich substrate, but it is not a necessity. Just make sure you fertilize your water column properly. That along with some co2 and some good lighting, you can pretty much grow anything.
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I was thinking of doing the mix cause since I can't mineralize the soil myself (no space) I would have to buy it and it will cost me more than fluorite. The problem is I have two bags of colorquartz I'd like to use and I really would like to have succes with HC this time...

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Threadjack ahead,

Since I'm planing to mix fluorite and colorquartz as well, I decided to piggyback here instead of starting a new tread

I have few questions myself:

If I use colorquartz alone (T grade) How it holds stems plants ?

If I use flourite on the bottom and colorquartz on top, will the colorquartz move down with time ?

I really like the natural look of regular flourite, How does still looks natural if mix (stirred) with colorquartz ?

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Mineralized soil is really just a temporary solution to begin with as the minerals eventually are consumed. Fertilizer tabs can be inserted into any substrate and provide the necessary minerals to the plants for good growth. Water column fertilizers are likely required in both scenarios anyways as well.

Eventually your mineralized soil will need tabs as well unless you won't to go through with a dreaded substrate change.
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Been thinking about using colorquartz for a while now. Have a 55 in my fishroom that I wanted to plant and use for some Discus I was getting. Decided to go with the black colorquartz T grade. Picked up a couple of bags earlier this week. The tank was barebottom and already cycled so I rinsed the colorquartz really, really well and put it in the tank. I was stunned. Without a doubt the best looking substrate I have seen yet. I have tanks with Eco, SMS, Truface, pool filter sand and pebbels, none begin to compare. Then I started adding some plants. The green and the very black colarquartz contrast beautifully. A couple of pieces of driftwood looked even better. I should have listened to lauralee a long time ago. I love this stuff. I will use root tabs since it is inert along with some ferts in the water column.

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3m colorquartz looks great! I love it.

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