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Flourite sand?

Anyone have any experience with this substrate?
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...mp;pcatid=4870

I was going to do regular plant fertilizer and then black sand on top of it because I like the look of the sand better. But I found this and thought maybe that could save me from having to purchase the sand as well. But I want to make sure it's going to be a good fertilizer for the plants before I buy it!
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Flourite is just sand, not a nutrient source. I used Flourite sand in a 10 gallon tank a few years ago and was very happy with it. You need to fertilize the water if you use Flourite - see https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=21944 and you can use fertilizer tablets or capsules under the substrate if you wish.

A good looking and cheap option to Flourite sand is Black Diamond blasting grit, available at some farm equipment stores.

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Flourite is just sand, not a nutrient source. I used Flourite sand in a 10 gallon tank a few years ago and was very happy with it. You need to fertilize the water if you use Flourite - see https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=21944 and you can use fertilizer tablets or capsules under the substrate if you wish.

A good looking and cheap option to Flourite sand is Black Diamond blasting grit, available at some farm equipment stores.
Flourite's website states it is a long term source of micro nutrients. I hope it's not wrong because I use this in all my tanks and love it! I was told by the LFS it was great for plants, but who knows with the LFS.


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Long time user of Fluorite gravel (not sand). I am very happy with it. I dose both macros & micros.Not sure what the difference is between their gravel/sand.
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Thank you for the replies!

Today I've been throwing around the idea of doing a dirted tank...not sure if that's a smart move or not but I have read that the plants do really well with the miracle grow organic soil.

The Flourite sand is probably 2nd on my list of options!

I've read about black diamond sand, I wouldn't even know where to get that stuff...would the black diamond sand be safe for bottom feeders? I thought I read somewhere that the pieces of sand are kinda jagged....?
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Flourite is just sand, not a nutrient source. I used Flourite sand in a 10 gallon tank a few years ago and was very happy with it. You need to fertilize the water if you use Flourite - see https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=21944 and you can use fertilizer tablets or capsules under the substrate if you wish.

A good looking and cheap option to Flourite sand is Black Diamond blasting grit, available at some farm equipment stores.
It's not just sand... It sure as heck isn't ADA or any of the other big name soils, but it is not just sand.
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It is nice sand with a good CEC, so, yes it isn't "just sand". It is also not a usable source of nutrients, micro or otherwise. I like Flourite very much, but I also know better than to believe what the manufacturer says about it. Usable nutrients are in the form of ions - they are dissolved in water. Flourite doesn't dissolve. It has a good CEC, so nutrients from other sources can be adsorbed by it so they are easily available to the plants.

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