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I use flourite by itself in my 40 gallon. It has a surface area of 36"*18",
or 648"^2. It took me 3 bags, of 15 pounds each, which works out to .07
pounds per square inch required. Assuming your tank has a surface area of
48"*12" you would need 40 pounds, which is 3 bags.
Also, to go on a tangent, rinse the stuff VERY well. Even though it is
prewashed it is very dusty. And then, even after rinsing it VERY well, it
will probably still cloud your tank for a while initially, and everytime you
go scrounging around to plant stuff. It should settle within a couple of
> Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 20:59:52 -0700
> From: Jeff Bodin <bodin1 at gte_net>
> Subject: Flourite???
> Not to start a long discussion (now I've done it), but....
> I am tearing down my overly gross and neglected 55g plant tank. Does or
> anyone used Flourite as a sole substrate? Any idea how much I should use?
> Did the kitty-litter/sand thing last time and although it worked well,
> trying to get something with a little more "size" than sand to keep the
> mulm from building on the surface of the substrate up in the next
> (or do we have any good tips for reducing mulm?).