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post #11 of 16 Old 08-04-2011, 05:46 PM
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What kind?

I have the plant and black sand mixed in my 46.

When I clean or I'm messing around with the tank I'll get some sand on the leaves of my plants. I just tap it off with a pincher wand and it's all good.
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post #12 of 16 Old 08-04-2011, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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I Bought the darker one.
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post #13 of 16 Old 08-04-2011, 06:11 PM
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The black flourish plant?

Google "flourish" and you will see why I asked. They add that name to everything.

Anyways... good luck. My plants are doing well in it. I also use the flourish root tabs.
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post #14 of 16 Old 08-04-2011, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Its just the normal frourite not the black or the lighter stuff. Should I use root tabs I will be adding flourish comprehensive.
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post #15 of 16 Old 08-04-2011, 06:54 PM
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I have. My comprehensive is in the mail right now. I'd just see how your plants do. If you think they need them then go ahead. Can't hurt.
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post #16 of 16 Old 08-05-2011, 02:49 PM
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Two issues in this thread. First was the sand...why is you filter flow so strong that it stirs up the sand? What fish are in this tank?

On the enriched substrates, my experience to date (with Flourish) is not making me a believer.

First, I would not use these enriched substrates with corys or loaches, they are all fairly sharp. I knew Flourish was not as sharp as Eco-Complete when I felt them in the store, but now that I have the Flourish and was poking in some new plants earlier this week, I realized how sharp it is compared to my playsand and natural aquarium gravels. I've pulled my 6 corys out of this tank, they are now in "cory heaven" in the 115g with playsand, frolicking with the 30 other corys.

Second, it has only been 4 months but the plants are not doing much better in Flourite than they are in gravel or sand. I am dosing Flourish Comp in all tanks; I did discontinue Flourish for 3 weeks in the Flourite tank wondering if the substrate was sufficient, but plants started failing so I restarted the Flourish. Time will tell I suppose.

You certainly do not need substrate ferts (tabs or sticks) with an enriched substrate. Substrate rooted plants are the only ones that will benefit from either, and the enriched substrate should be sufficient in that respect. Using a liquid is still advisable as this will bet to the substrate plants but also benefit non-substrate plants, stem plants (that use their leaves and roots in the water column) and floating plants.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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