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Fluorite

Posted By: Ian <mfoco@hotmail.com>
Date: Thursday, 30 November 2000, at 12:00 p.m.

I'm setting up a new tank for my clown loaches (I keep having to change my profile here!) I'm thinking of a planted tank - I like the look of plants in an aquarium, and it'll give the little fellas something to play around and hide in.

I've heard that Fluorite gravel is best for plants, due to its high mineral content (iron etc.).

I also thought that, as Fluorite is a dark-coloured gravel, the clowns may get on better than with light-coloured gravel that reflects the light.

My problems is that I simply cannot find any Fluorite here in the UK. I've tried LFS, I've tried mail-order aquarium suppliers, I've tried garden centres. Do any UK-based readers know where it may be found, or can anyone suggest an alternative gravel that's good for plants (and, of course, loaches)?

TIA