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Seachem Flourite 7 kg
- Premium natural gravel for the planted aquarium
- Good for the life of the aquarium
- Most effective when used alone as an integral substrate bed
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Flourite is a specially fracted stable porous clay gravel for the natural planted aquarium. Its appearance is best suited to planted aquaria, but may be used in any freshwater aquarium environment. Fluorite is most effective when used alone as an integral substrate bed, but it may be mixed with other gravels. Gravel modifiers such as laterite are not necessary. Fluorite is good for the life of the aquarium and need not be replaced.
Set-up: Although it is pre-washed, because Flourite is a natural product, it may become dusty in transit and require rinsing before use to remove any residual dust. When adding water to aquarium, fill slowly to avoid disturbing Flourite substrate bed. Place a bowl in the aquarium and add water directly to the bowl, allowing water to overflow softly on to the gravel bed. Initial cloudiness is normal. To remove cloudiness, use mechanical filtration (such as filter floss). Use Clarity to accelerate clearing.
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However, you require approximately one Olympic-sized swimming pool to rinse each bag. So, I would suggest talking to your local pool to see when they plan on emptying their water and use that.
Even after rinsing with the entire great-lakes region, once the substrate is settled in your tank, it will become soft and any disturbance will create a choking cloud of micro particles.
Plant any plants and place any decor before you add fish. Have polishing filters and micro filters at the ready. Use some of those liquids that help clear cloudy water as well.
My plants are doing well in these rocks. And with care, so are my neon tetras.
Very, very nice substrate! I love the natural look.
You NEED to wash it very well! I see so many reviews complaining about this, but it's natural clay, it's going to be dirty. Wash, wash and rewash, then you'll be happy with the outcome!
I have had great success with both germinating seeds underwater, and growing existing plants with this substrate. The reddish colouring looks beautiful in contrast with green.
Don't want to stir up red clouds every time you clean your tank? Surround your plants, driftwood, decor etc with bigger stones so they don't fall over, and keep in place.
The bag was ripped and half of it was spilled inside the box and onto my basement carpet, I am hesitant to use the rest of that bag because who knows whats in it.
More hastle than what its worth, 10 minutes to vaccuum and now I have to rent a carpet cleaner as It has stained.
What a waste of time, all I wanted to do was plant my damn aquarium.
Laziness and no accountability to whomever shipped this item!
Some reviews mention place a bowl on top of your layer of Seachem Flourite and pour water into that to reduce the disturbance of the fine minerals. Perhaps next time I’ll try that, but my first impression was not a very good one. The rusty colour transfers very easy to any surface it touches.
I never pre-wash and I never have more than a slight haze that is gone within a few hours. You need to put a small plate on the botton of the tank or platic film over the bottom and then pour the water slowly onto them (Youtube has some great videos for this.) This will prevent the silt in the bag from being disturbed. After being in the aquarium hobby for 15+ years my advice to everyone new is be patient and don't rush anything. We all are excited and want to rush and put water in but if you allow yourself to slowdown and take an extra 10 minutes to fill your tank you won't have the aggravation and frustration many people on here have posted about.