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Substrate?

Discussion in 'Plants, Ponds & Planted Tanks' started by LiluDallas, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. LiluDallas

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    Ive been doing a lot of research on substrateo_O. im interested in a low tech plant/fish aquarium. A lot of the plants im interested in receive their nutrients from the water column. I might end up with a few that feed from the roots. What substrate can I use that wont rob my bank account?:) no dirt.
     
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    Pool filter sand is pretty cheap and looks nice. I use it in planted and non-planted tanks.
     
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    Black diamond blasting sand.
     
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    I use PFS in most of my tanks.
     
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    Pool filter sand or a colored sand from a place like the stone store. Sand blasting sand is OK if you're not going to have anything like Cory Cats or Loaches that live on the bottom of the tank.
     
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    What Becca said.

    Blaise
     
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    I have some soil master select you can have for free. It's enough to fill a 55 gallon with at least 2" or more.
     
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    Pls check pm
     
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    I use PFS too, it does nothing to maintain the high PH though. Has anyone used the Quikrete sand this guy is talking about?

     
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    Dusty as... I don't know, the moon? It's DUSTY. It never comes clean. It's super fine and gets into filters. It gets into pre-filters and clogs the foam up. Because it's so fine, gas builds up under it pretty easily. It's purty, but never again.
     
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    Ya, I it is what I use. It was easy to rinse, and probably didn't even need to but I was paranoid. $6/bag is great. Only comes in tan.
     
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    Becca, was your issue with pfs in general or specific to quickrete pfs?
     
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    PFS (pool filter sand) isn't bad at all and doesn't take much to rinse. The quikrete sand is not pool filter sand. Its a lot finer and dustier and needs rinsing for days. I think it's worse than the bags of play sand.
     
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    Quickrete does sell 50lb bags of PFS.
     
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    The stuff pertaining to the video that was in question is not pool filter sand.
    I have never used or seen quikrete PFS so don't know about it.
     
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    Ok gotchya, I didn't see the video :)
     
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    Specifically quikrete
     
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    Try your hand with a dirted tank capped with black blasting sand plants do very well.
     
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