10-06-2009, 05:50 PM
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Picking up on a few things from prevous posts...
Flourite is an enriched substrate specifically for planted aquaria; without plants there would be little point in spending so much money (compared to regular gravel) and releasing all those nutrients into the water column without plants to use them...but you have plants.
Flourite goes under the gravel or stands alone as the sole substrate. I would definitely remove white gravel, the two will mix and besides looking like a chess board... Either the Flourite on its own, or topped with plain regular natural or dark (black, dark grey, brown) gravel, but they will mix unless you are ultra-careful doing maintenance.
Follow the instructions on the Flourite. First obviously remove the fish and everything, drain the tank, put in the Flourite (top with gravel or not), plant the plants, then gently fill the tank. Let things settle, then put the fish back. The plants will handle the ammonia and nitrite provided you have enought of them (what we call a heavily-planted tank as opposed to a couple of little plants). There will be no cycle issue, I speak from considerable experience setting up whole tanks in one day full of fish.
Last edited by Byron; 10-06-2009 at 05:59 PM..