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Flourite Black Sand with Red Sea Flora Root

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I'm planning to redo the substrate in my tank with flourite black sand. While I'm at it I was thinking it might be a good idea to add in some substrate additive (mixing in some red sea flora root). Any opinions or thoughts about this?

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That depends on allot of things like what are you going to plant and what type of fish/invertebrates are you going to have in there along with lighting
and C02 to a degree.

If your looking to control your pH a bit you could put a light dusting of peat moss down before adding the flourite. I tend to do that for all my planted discus tanks but those are usually show tanks with lots of plants, C02 and high lighting.

The flourite will have iron trace in it so it all comes down to your water column fertz preferences.

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I have some Red Ludwidgia, Sunset Hygro, cloves and other plants (sorry if it sounds a bit random, I just get things that I like in the tank). No inverts, but I have some tiger barbs and neon tetras. I'm using medium/high lighting, 2x24H5HO in a 20G AIO with DIY CO2.

I was reading up on fertilizing regiments, and like the idea of PPS-Pro, no big water changes required like the EI method.
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I have some Red Ludwidgia, Sunset Hygro, cloves and other plants (sorry if it sounds a bit random, I just get things that I like in the tank). No inverts, but I have some tiger barbs and neon tetras. I'm using medium/high lighting, 2x24H5HO in a 20G AIO with DIY CO2.

I was reading up on fertilizing regiments, and like the idea of PPS-Pro, no big water changes required like the EI method.

I'd just stick with the flourite black sand then it's got iron trace in it already so you really don't need any more laterite from the red sea product if you already have C02 and are going to dose ferts in my opinion.

Keep in mind it's going to cloud when you first fill the tank so wash it really good before putting it in the tank. You should still expect some clouding even after washing it.

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thanks for the advice brad
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