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

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Description

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
  • Fish Type
    Tropical Freshwater
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.

Rating: 3.3 of 5 stars 23 Reviews 23 Reviews 3.3 out of 5 Stars

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Rating: 3.3 of 5 stars 3.3 / 5

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Waste of your money and time

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    If I could all I want a is a refund but to late for that now. This substrate makes your aquarium VERY cloudy. I do not recommend this. Should of bought the fluval substrate instead. Overall, this product is terrible and just a complete waste.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product

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    You really have to make sure you rinse it well before you put it in your tank. I did! I looks great in my 53 gallon bowfront. I'll update my review as soon as I get my plants growing on this substrate!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    It will take EFFORT - But worth it if you want the look or plants.

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    After reading reviews on Amazon about eco complete causing countless fish deaths I decided on this. I bought this product knowing full well it would create a mess. However we used a regular kitchen strainer and doing about 1/3 of the bag at time we used our corded shower head sprayer to rinse these until they ran as clean as we could get them. We then added it to our tank while it was empty and filled it up halfway. It was then very cloudy at this point so I followed another reviewers advice and did a water change lowering it back down to almost empty. We then filled it up while adding plants. It was slightly hazy but less than 24 hours later it’s perfectly clear. Make sure to dose with water After reading reviews on Amazon about eco complete causing countless fish deaths I decided on this. I bought this product knowing full well it would create a mess. However we used a regular kitchen strainer and doing about 1/3 of the bag at time we used our corded shower head sprayer to rinse these until they ran as clean as we could get them. We then added it to our tank while it was empty and filled it up halfway. It was then very cloudy at this point so I followed another reviewers advice and did a water change lowering it back down to almost empty. We then filled it up while adding plants. It was slightly hazy but less than 24 hours later it’s perfectly clear. Make sure to dose with water conditioner (we used prime) and bacteria (stability). If you are starting a new tank it may tank longer to clear up as our filter and wood case from a fully established tank. We like this product because (1) you never have to replace it (2) in our opinion it looks more “natural” than gravel and went good with our darker wood. … more

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    About the dust

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    I read the reviews about this product causing cloudiness in the aquarium water. I put 1/2 in a jar and filed with water. Shook it and poured water off. I did this over several days until water was clear upon shaking. When I need to use it, I put in a cup filled with aquarium water and put in spot need to plant. NO DUSTING OR CLOUDINESS AT ALL.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Frustrated

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    I invested in eight bags for a 120 gallon tank about three months ago. I'm in a condo and don't have access to an outside hose so I rinsed it in tiny batches in a small kitchen colander until the water ran clear. I filled the tank and the water was red. I've drained the tank several times each week and it's still red. I can't imagine when I'll be able to complete this set up. I gave one star only because fifteen years ago I used flourite in a 75 gallon tank. I had an outside hose then. I had to take the substrate out of the tank and re-rinse it in the yard several times. It's possible with a ridiculous amount of work. I can't believe I was so stupid to buy this stuff again.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    I bought at petsmart, but

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    This took AGES to get my water clean. about 2 hours of just rinse. So do not recommend!

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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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