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Ok, Thanks Tom.
I recieved my flourite today. I washed it three times like you advised,
and guess what? You were right! I placed it in the 10 gallon tank, put
a few thick papers over the gravel, then a styrofoam plate over the
papers and pumped in water with my python.
The water was cloudy for a few minutes but is now cleared thanks to a
Penguin Mini. I am going out now to get two 15 watt lights which should
equal to 3W per gallon, and I am going to install starters in them and
hook them up to a timer.
Thanks everyone for the advice on the flourite.
P.s. Boy was that stuff dirty the first time I rinsed it.
> Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 15:27:21 -0800
> From: "Thomas Barr" <tcbiii at pacbell_net>
> Subject: RE:Flourite
> 10 to 14 bags should be plenty for a 120 gallon tank.
> The main difference is the root growth and the roots tend to grow INTO the
> Flourite unlike the lapis lustar 2-3mm sand or others that are rounded in
> shape compared to the Flourite which I would describe as scree. The roots
> actually attach to each individual piece of Flourite and hang on for dear
> life. Large swords can be diffficult(more so) to remove in the Flourite.
> Dave's Turface sounds very good also if you mix some soil amendments in
> there also.
> I've rinsed and played with getting the Flourite clean but 3 good rinses
> seem to take care of the cloudiness after you place it in the tank. I first
> sat down and rinsed and rinsed and rinsed to get it very clean but It
> settles down after a just a few rinses quickly. Needn't waste your time and
> water rinsing the stuff over and over.
> Using the Flourite will simplify your substrate and make it one less
> problem to worry about.
> More( or as ) important is the CO2 and Lighting. Get that balance right and
> add your trace elements with regular water changes and low fish load and
> you'll never buy plants for a new tank again. You'll be selling and giving
> away plants like myself and other's on the list.
> I have buckets(5gal) full aleast every month.
> Enjoy the Flourite!
> Tom Barr