Re: Flourish red
I tried first without the extra washing of the fluorite and had everything in place waiting for plants. The night before the plants were to arrive I modified my "aquascape" plan and the particles were just too much. I emptied the tank, removed the flourite in about 15 pound increments and washed it thoroughly. After washing I refilled the tank without disturbing the substrate.
I decided that I would do the planting with the tank (70 Gallon) 1/2 full. That would allow the taller plants to pretty well stand up vertically. When I started arranging the plants that arrived, the particle density in the water became so dense I could not see what I was doing. I did get the stem plants in place and did the potted plants the next day. Everything is showing new growth and I will start fixing things once I find that the root structure is beginning.
In summary, if I had it to do again, and I probably will, I would rinse and rinse the substrate as much as possible.
10 Gal Glass Shrimp tank
70 Gallon planted tank with about 50 inches of animals
Last edited by Fishytales; 04-29-2008 at 18:58.