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[APD] Re:Flourite vs. Soil

"Robert Flory" <wyogeo at astound_net> wrote:

Message: 3
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 01:42:42 -0700
From: "Robert H" <robertph3 at comcast_net>
Subject: [APD] Re:Flourite vs. Soil
To: <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>


But James, you went on to support the idea in what you said that Flourite and soil are not the same thing. Flourite is clay, pure clay.


Best regards


Fluorite is NOT clay.  It may have been once but it isn't clay anymore.
A clay is a soft thin platy mineral.  If it is hard it's been altered and is
something else.

Fluorite looks like clay that has been altered either by fire or

Note the spelling, Robert F. It is "Flourite" and not fluorite.

Folks tend to drop the quotes that should always be used on Trade Names and I may be the only one still doing it. It *is* a bit of a bother.

Properly it could be considered a crushed terra cotta or ceramic, since it has been fired and fused together. You are right, in that it is no longer clay. Unlike "Profile/Turface" which is a fired Fuller's Earth product, Dr. Morin has not chosen to share with us the exact kind of clay used as the starting material for "Flourite."

Despite having more luck with it than other substrates ... I must admit personally as a geologist I find the name it's self objectionable.

fluorite is calcium fluoride a mineral.

No argument, there.

But "Flourite" is a trademarked product of Seachem, and a very popular one, here. Personally, I think it is great, and wish shipping to the Left Coast didn't price it out of reasonable range. I used to get it on sale from Pets.com for $10/bag with free shipping. [That may be why they aren't around, now. ;-)]

Bob Grumpy old gray bearded geologist

Wright Grumpy old white-bearded engineer :-)

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