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Flourite: Too much or not enough

My aquarium is a 220, with a 7 * 2 footprint or 2016 sq inches

a single bag of flourite is supposed to cover a 10 gallon tank 2 inches deep 20 * 10 inches or 200 sq inches

so according to that calculator 10 bags of flourite should cover the bottom of my tank 2 inches deep.

I plan to put 12 bags in, also accounting for the overflow box and the fact that the back wall of the tank has at least an inch of foam as well as decorations means that this should give me probably about 2 1/2 - 3 inches of depth

does this sound like too much? too little? or just right?

The biggest root system plants I plan to keep are swords and crypts, other than the flourite I will only be using liqued additives.


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it doesn't sound like enough, plus with swords and crypts you'll want 3 -4 inches due to their roots. You can slope the substrate or build mounts to deal with that.

I know Seachem says a bag should cover 20x10x2 but they don't seem to go that far. I put 12 bags of Flourite black sand in my 135 (72x18 which is 1296 sq inches). This gave me 2.5 - 3 inches thick. I which had put about 4 more bags in.

I'd see what others say and go with the concenus and not just 1 opinion.

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doesn't seem like enough-
i put 5 bags in a 58 (3' long) and that's perfect.
you are probably going to have to start with at least 10 and just see how much more you need.
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With a tank that large i think it would be interesting to have some parts very shallow, like even just an inch, open areas with no plants, to areas in the back with 3"-4" like jjp2 said.
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Heres your answer: https://www.plantedtank.net/substratecalculator.html

Personally I put 80lbs eco complete in my 55g, It gave me a slope with a min of 2" and max of 4".

I figure your tank is 4x as big so put 4x the amount of substrate = 320lbs

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That calculator is perfect! so according to what I was planning to buy that would achieve a depth of 2.6 inches, that works fine for me since I know that with the rock and wood I plan to add it will easily reach 3 inches of depth. Thank you!


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That calculator is perfect! so according to what I was planning to buy that would achieve a depth of 2.6 inches, that works fine for me since I know that with the rock and wood I plan to add it will easily reach 3 inches of depth. Thank you!

No problem!

I look forward to seeing the tank!!

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wow, pretty cool calculator!
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