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Complaint about Flourite

Wanted to mention a major problem with Flourite.

I had to do a major rearrangement and trimming on a tank today. This is a full flourite tank. Unfortunately, I have many stem plants in this tank, some of which root profusely. While pulling up cabomba and r. macranda, to replant the tips, I found I was pulling out handfuls of roots that had spread throughout the nearby area, wrapped around other plants, etc. I even inadvertently wound up pulling up a crispus bulb nearby, that had not yet rooted too well.

Even my h. zosterfolia, (I'd gotten tired of those black leaves and stems, and just cut off clean tips about 2 weeks ago and hid them under some sword leaves) were spreading all over. Who knew they'd even grow there?

Major problem. Maybe the CO2 is to blame.


I'm thinking this would have been the perfect substrate for a slow-growing low-light tank where I have crypts, some swords and anubias. It's 1/2 flourite, 1/2 gravel with FL laterite and TerraLit on the bottom. I get nowhere near the root system on some of these stems.

I should mention that even some stems with profuse roots were not necessarily doing that well though. It could be the murky water I've been dealing with since I upped the lighting a few weeks ago.