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Old 04-11-2011, 08:22 AM   #11
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Another question on this topic:

Looking at substrate for the tank, would it be beneficial to the plants and the goldfish to do a mixture 50/50 of small/medium river pebbles and 50% flourite?

My concern is that the flourite is too rough and jagged, and that only 50% would or would not be effective to help plants grow? Or in a GF is there enough nutrients (except for trace minerals which will still be dosed) to sustain the plant growth/health with NO flourite?

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Old 04-11-2011, 10:49 AM   #12
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Bump for some FW GF love!?

Also, is there a "better" way to cycle a FW GF tank than just adding some gravel and plants from the established tank? Is there a way to "jumpstart" like we do with shrimp in a reef?

hopefully someone knows about this stuff!?!?!
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Old 04-11-2011, 01:25 PM   #13
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Last attempt to see if someone else out there knows about Goldfish and the most appropriate substrates to use when doing a planted goldfish tank.

Thanks for looking . . .
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Old 04-11-2011, 02:00 PM   #14
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I think you will be fine with the riverstone alone. It sounds as if everything is going very well in the tank. I wouldn't change a thing until you see it needs to change.
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Another question on this topic:

Looking at substrate for the tank, would it be beneficial to the plants and the goldfish to do a mixture 50/50 of small/medium river pebbles and 50% flourite?

My concern is that the flourite is too rough and jagged, and that only 50% would or would not be effective to help plants grow? Or in a GF is there enough nutrients (except for trace minerals which will still be dosed) to sustain the plant growth/health with NO flourite?

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You can use laterite instead of the fluorite, there are versions that come in small round balls so your gf wont hurt their mouths.
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Ok thanks everyone!!!

I think I will go with a mix of the round laterite and river pebbles.

I agree with you 2in10 on the "if it aint broke" logic - but I want to try to do several more slightly demanding plant species in the tank this time around.

You guys are great!

I will post pics in a week or so when this bad boy is cycling.
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