09-07-2010, 09:20 PM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Houston Texas
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| | Re: Caribsea Floramax
I guess here is my final synopsis of the substrates:
Available at petsmart/co
Comes in black & red
Grows plants relatively well. Quick root development.
Very light, hard to clean the substrate without taking in a few pieces of the substrates. Also hard to plant in at first.
Coarse, You can't keep cories on this stuff.
In the end I do suggest this substrate as a budget alternative to flourite or eco-comp. I also suggest mixing at least 1:5 sand:floramax ratio to make planting easier.
Benchmarks I used:
Glosso in sand/clay vs. Glosso in floramax.
The glosso definitely grew in both substrates and at about equal rates.
One last note: This substrate scratches glass VERY easily, so be careful while moving stuff around like hardscaping.