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Seachem Fluorite Gravel
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Product Description:
Seachem Fluorite GravelFlourite is a specially fracted stable porous clay gravel for the natural planted aquarium. Its appearance is best suited to planted aquaria, but may be used in any freshwater aquarium environment. Flourite is most effective when used alone as an integral substrate bed, but it may be mixed with other gravels. Gravel modifiers such as laterite are not necessary. Flourite is not chemically coated or treated and will not alter the pH of the water. Flourite is good for the life of the aquarium and need not be replaced.
Product Specifications:
3.5 kg, 7 kg
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User Ratings: (4 reviews)
Overall: 8.56
Value/Cost: 8.50
Effectiveness: 9.25
Quality: 9.75
Ease of use: 6.75
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t5chris has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10 March 5, 2007
"Awesome for planted tanks, for Fish only, choose something else"
Fluorite is one of the best substrates you can buy, if you want strong healthy plants.

Washing fluorite is a little tricky, but not all that hard as previous people have described. First of all, PLEASE DO NOT rinse it the way the previous reviewer described! You'll make it even worse, and make the fluorite break up into tiny pieces. That's the WRONG way to do it.

What you want to do is get a pan with a lot of surface area and not very deep. Fill the surface with the fluorite, put the hose on low flow and lit it run through the fluorite. Swish it slightly, but don't dig your hands through the fluorite. The loose particles will float into the water, and out of the pan.

You won't be able to get all of it, so just get as much as you can. Once rinsed, separate it and allow it to dry slightly. Then repeat until all of it is cleaned.

When putting it in the aquarium, fill it first, then put in the fluorite. You want to avoid putting water directly on it, and sifting your hand through it as much as possible, to keep the particles as large as possible.

Once cleaned and settled, vacuuming is okay. You don't want the fluorite filled with too much waste, because it can prevent plants from growing, and even them rot away.
davemill has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 9.75/10 September 11, 2005
I bought this four years ago and have never regretted it. Rinse this with a hose on high in a bucket for 5 minutes, put it in your tank, wait a day and the cloudiness is gone! All the stories you hear about cleaning this are silly. Just rinse and be patient, it will all settle out in a few hours.

And since it's for a plant tank, don't bother vacuuming it. Just clean off the surface muck during water changes. I haven't deep vacuumed it since it went in. Yes the substrate is now full of mulm, what do you think a lake/river bottom is full of?
ktiger has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 9.25/10 December 14, 2004
"Great For Plants"
Kind of hard to clean but worth the effort. My plant are finally growing great. I used a water carifier and a HOT Mangnum to get rid of the cloudiness. My tank was clear in a hour.
amcdonal86 has used this product for 0-1 Month.
Overall Rating: 6.75/10 August 3, 2004
"Great product, rinsing it out will make you hate it"
I've only used it for a little while and I'm finally satisfied--now that it's settled down. My plants already look noticeably healthier. However, it was a pain to rinse. You will have to rinse it at least 10 times, and even then, it will cloud the water severely. It's a must for healthy plants though!
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