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is a very popular planted tank substrate. Seachem briefs this substrate with “Flourite® is a specially fracted, stable porous clay gravel for the natural planted aquarium.”. Fluorite is unusual as unlike most substrates it is made from porous clay. The advantages of a clay based substrate include much higher iron levels than other substrates in this article. Red plants will especially benefit as they utilise iron for their bright red coloration. The downside is that the clay composition can become messy. Fine particles can cloud the tank initially and upon subsequent water changes. It is a strong recommendation to lightly rinse the substrate before use to eliminate these clay micro particles and keep them out of your aquarium.
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Here's my loaded question. Will the sand eventually sink down below the fluorite and potentially become compacted, or will the sand stay on top? Or should I mix the sand with the fluorite at the top 1-2"? I plan to only do this at the front where it is visible and will use the foreground plants. Ultimately, I'll use laterite mixed with fluorite and the bottom inch or so for the whole aquarium bottom, then a layer of just fluorite, then capped off with sand just at the front for visual, any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance. I bought some fluoride substrate for my 55g aquarium that is still cycling
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I guess it would have made more sense if I had taken a picture of the Fluorite IN the colander, but hopefully you'll get the idea. Anyway--pour as much of the water off the Fluorite as you can without dumping the Fluorite (I keep mentioning that because if you DO dump it, there's your expensive substrate either in the garden or the lawn. Go ahead, try and pick it up. Now try and pick it up without picking up a whole handful of crud you don't want in your tank.) Pour the Fluorite into the colander. Any colander will do. I have no objection to doing Fluorite one day and pasta the next (you CAN wash the thing out, you know), but if you're pickier than I am, you can either get a colander strictly for aquarium use or just use an old one. Grab your trusty hose, and blast away (don't fill the colander TOO full, or you're back to trying to pick the Fluorite out of the lawn again) for a minute or so. If you've gotten this far and have spent more than ten minutes doing it, you've spent WAY too much time rinsing. Seachem Fluorite Black Sand is another substrate developed specifically for the planted aquarium. Similar to standard fluorite it is made of a porous clay substance but with two clear differences. The substrate is a charcoal black and the particle size is much smaller. The black substrate will saturate the colors of the fish and plants in the aquarium. But the fine nature of the particles will result in debris building on top of the substrate and will be noticeably visible. This substrate will likely require more maintenance than other substrates and is something to keep in mind before purchasing.Knowing my past history with planted aquariums, I change things up a lot especially at the beginning, so it looks like I'll need to plan on the substrate mixing up. So is it typical that the sand will just settle below the fluorite, because it's smaller, or will it typically just mix in and stay consistent? Also, from what I read, the sand provides a good way of holding down small cut stem plants with no roots yet so they don't uproot, correct? If this is the case, I'll probably want to mix sand in at the rear as well for the taller background stem plants.LOL! I should probably have made it clear that I didn't invent it, either. It was a few years later than that, Roger (although not TOO many), but I read the bowl thing in the first fish book I ever bought. And my good friend Phyl from True Aquarium Plants was the one who told me to dry fluorite before I put it in my tank.