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Fertilizing with flourite

I've recently 'upgraded' to flourite, and I was wondering, what do I do about root fertilization? Do I use tabs as if it were normal gravel, or should I go easy on it? I'm sorry if this topic has been covered; I searched...

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As I understand it, Flourite is a buffer for macros/traces, and allows more regulated uptake of these by the plants.

You should be OK with giving the root feeders some sticks...I used Jobe's in mine and I am running Flourite. I did notice that all my swords/crypts really got a kick start from the root tabs.
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Root tabs, just like any other gravel.

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Yeah, I don't think fourite is overly rich with nutrients, is it? At least slow-release.

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I think those nutrients deminish over time so I would use root tabs, I do in mine.

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About how long does Florite last?
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I imagine it varies greatly depending on other conditions.

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The makers of Fluorite say it is primarily just iron. They don't like to advertise that it has other nutrients b/c simply, they just don't know. At least this is what I read in some interview with a fluorite "technician".
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Flourite alone will not supply proper nutrients to root feeders, it is just an iron rich substrate.

Also your Flourite will outlast the tank seams that it is in and most likely the one the flourite gets moved into...
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Flourite is good at holding nutrients so the plant roots can suck them up.
It won't last forever, but it will probably last as long as you're in the fish hobby.
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It's just that when I read the list of nutrients on the bag, and the levels of each, it really seemed like it was rich in minerals.

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I too switch to Flourite recently, and can share a little experience.

Although Flourite contain loads of micros, but its slow release, for heavy root feeder such as that huge sword I have got in there (24" tall), a piece of Duplarit K make quite a different, I get better colour, and better growth; but smaller plants didn't show any different.

Also marco spikes do give noticable boost to most plants.

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I also plant tab my flourite and get great results.

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maybe dumb q' but MIRACLE GROW Sticks? dunno, hope noones tried and killed fish!

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Well, now that my substrait is actually deep enough to minimize the spikes getting into the water column, maybe I can try root spikes again


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maybe dumb q' but MIRACLE GROW Sticks? dunno, hope noones tried and killed fish!
Sorry, I've only tried Jobe's...

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