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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-21-2009, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Flourite Red

I realize this probably isn't a revelation or anything, but just in case people don't realize what they are buying, I thought I'd share. I could be wrong of course, but after using this stuff for a while, its looking like flourite red is basically just regular cheap gravel, with a coating of flourite/laterite on out outside. I'm wondering if this is the case for all the flourite products, as the red dust that seems to constantly shed off when rinsing, etc, actually appears to be the iron/laterite substance itself, so by rinsing it would seem you're losing the very nutrients you're paying for... ???
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Nope, flourite is fired clay.

Some people think that rinsing away all the "fines" defeats the purpose, but personally I think it's annoying as all get out to try and use without having rinsed first.





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Nope, flourite is fired clay.

Some people think that rinsing away all the "fines" defeats the purpose, but personally I think it's annoying as all get out to try and use without having rinsed first.
The question then is (and I'll post pictures later tonight), how does fired clay lose its red shell and clearly wash away to become pieces of various colored gravel (some black, some white-ish) with half a shell of red clay remaining? That is exactly what is happening to my flourite red over time...
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