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Seachem Flourite Planted Aquarium Natural Substrate Supplement, 15.4-lb bag

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Add a layer of natural beauty to your aquarium with Flourite Natural Substrate Supplement from Seachem. This substrate is a stable, porous clay gravel designed for marine tanks—although it works best for planted aquarium life, it can be used in any aquarium environment. Mix it with other gravels or use it alone as a complete substrate bed. Most importantly, it's not chemically coated or treated and won't mess with the pH of your water. It's designed to last the life of the aquarium, without needing to be replaced, and gives your aquarium a beautiful, natural setting.

Key Benefits
  • This clay was designed for planted aquaria, but may be used in any freshwater aquarium environment. 
  • Most effective when used alone as an integral substrate bed, but it may be mixed with other gravels.
  • Fluorite is not chemically coated or treated and will not alter the pH of the water. 
  • Works great alone, or can be mixed with other gravel—plus, you don't need a gravel modifier, like laterite.
  • Long-lasting substrate will last through the life of your aquarium and won't need to be replaced.

You may notice an excess of particles/dust when you open this product; this is normal, and naturally caused by friction during packaging and shipping. The best way to add this product to an established aquarium is to add small amounts at a time, 12 to 24 hours apart, and ensure these small amounts are each rinsed thoroughly. You can also use a water clarifier to clump any small, free-floating particles together and make it easier for your mechanical filter to catch. Your cartridges/floss will need rinsing or replacing regularly due to the particles that will clog.

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  • Item Number
    103679
  • Aquarium Type
    Freshwater
  • Made in
    United States
Instructions

Although it is pre-washed, because Flourite is a natural product, it may become dusty in transit and require rinsing before use to remove any residual dust.

FAQ

Do I need to add anything to Flourite? Does it inherently contain micro and macro nutrients? If so, how long before these nutrients are naturally exhausted?

Flourite inherently contains only micro nutrients and these are slowly released, many not released unless actively transported by the plant roots. Thus the substrate should be self-sustaining for many years and should never actually require replacement.

Should I be incorporating any other products?

Depending on how dense the growth or how dense you wish it to be, the use of Flourish,(foliar feeding), Flourish Tabs (root feeding) and Flourish Iron can be useful and helpful beyond the substrate itself, but are not necessities.

Will Flourite maintain its physical integrity as a gravel when it gets wet?

Yes.

Will Flourite work with an under gravel filter?

Flourite will work fine with an UGF. Flourite is ideally sized and has a clay based composition (including minerals such as iron and manganese) that is ideal for plant growth. Flourite will not soften or decompose to an unsuitable state. In addition, Flourite has an attractive, natural appearance.

As noted on the label, I have rinsed Flourite to get rid of any dust. But after rinsing, I am still getting a dense cloud of sand in the residual water. Should I keep on washing it till the water turns clear, would that wash away any of its nutrients?

It is possible to experience an excess of particles/dust from this product due to frictional action in packaging and shipping. Flourite Red is an ore with a rich mineral composition and is not chemically coated. Even though some small particles washed away, the product is completely viable and will still offer the same benefit. A better way to add this to an established aquarium is to add small amounts at a time a half day to 24 hours apart making sure these small amounts are rinsed thoroughly. You can also use a water clarifier like our Clarity to clump any small free floating particles together making it easier for your mechanical filter to catch. Your cartridges/floss will tend to clog from all the particles being trapped and will need rinsing or replacing regularly.

Does Flourite breakdown as utilized by plants?

Flourite will not break down under long term aquarium use. Though it is a fracted clay based substrate, this clay is as hard as a rock - not soft. For all intents and purposes, it is a rock. This substrate is made up of a rich mineral composition, not just coated with a fertilizer so your plants will derive a long term benefit from this substrate.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    do not buy this !!!

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    I put this in my tank after washing it the cloudy water would not go away! I have goldfish they move the substrate so every time it will be cloudy and never go away I wish I read the comments about it so please do not buy this!

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Supper Cloudy

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    I should have read the reviews! I rinsed this bag for 20 minutes and then poured it in my tank and it's as if I never rinsed it ): your tank is going to be cloudy for weeks every time you touch or move the gravel it gets cloudy again!

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Do not purchase!!!

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    Whatever you do, DO NOT purchase this red clay substrate. Completely polluted my tank, covered all of my plants and driftwood. I had to remove everything and re set up my tank again. Such a stressful situation. I even tried rinsing it! No help!!! If you want to purchase a fluorite substrate go with the original black. It is a few more dollars but totally worth it! It’s more of a dirt consistency which helps with grounding the plants. It does cloud up a bit but it’s nothing compared to the red cloud from this substrate.

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Well depends

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    It kinda makes your tank brown for a week before settling and if you have a bigger tank your gonna need more than one bag for sure but plants seem to be doing fine

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product, just messy

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    Cleaning this was a nightmare, but once everything is clean and tidy it looks excellent in my tank.

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Very dusty

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    Makes water like brown cloudy for a while I don’t recomand it as a single base sand I guess it needs additional sand to cover it.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    very messy

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    i love the price for item but washed 3 times very messy

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Never will I buy or use this substrate again!

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    We put this in a 6 gallon round tank. I couldn't believe how red it made the water, cloudy. We did several water changes and it simply wouldn't clear up. My husband finally took the aquarium out side and dumped this stuff out. I was devastated for 5 days trying to clear the water to no avail. I do not recommend this product. Yes we did pre-rinse it first.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Looks great

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    Gravel looks great as I was rinsing it, waiting for dust to settle, best bet with this is to rinse it small amounts in a strainer, also fill the tank slowly, put a bowl inside a strainer in the tank and fill slow so it trickles on the flourite

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Flourite substrate

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    Over all I like it bc I can tell my plants like it. Downside is I was unclear on how to pepare it for the tank. I rinsed mine several times in a large bucket outside and then had to do several water changes after putting it in my tank. Ran two 50 gallon filters to clear it up over a few days before I planted it. Ran an aqueon 50 and aquaclear 50 with carbon and filter floss. Over all was a pain to set up but I know I'm gunna get good results. Seachem should be more descriptive on how much to rinse....

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